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Opinion Don’t neglect residents with disabilities when planning affordable housing

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The Urban Institute is to be commended for its high-profile study “Meeting the Washington Region’s Future Housing Needs,” reported in Robert McCartney’s Sept 4 Regional Memo, “Report calls for regionwide action on affordable housing,” but, unfortunately, the study neglects entirely the housing needs of thousands of residents with disabilities, who require accessibility features in a future home.

Accessibility has long been overlooked in planning for affordable housing, even though the Fair Housing Act and other laws require owners to meet basic standards. More attention needs to be paid to principles of universal design in housing so that residents with disabilities, as well as seniors and couples with small children, have more choice in where they want to live.

Robert Rudney, Washington

The writer is board secretary of the D.C. Center for Independent Living.

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