Definitions for "Accessible Housing"
Designed to be usable by everyone without any further special adaptations being required.
New housing units covered under the Fair Housing Act Amendments Accessibility Guidelines [FHAAG] must meet the following specific accessibility criteria: 1] public and common use areas must be readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities; 2] all doors "designed to allow passage into and within all premises are sufficiently wide to allow passage by handicapped persons in wheelchairs" [24 CFR 100.205]. These same properties must also meet additional features of adaptable design: accessible route into and through the dwelling unit; light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls in accessible locations; reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and usable kitchens and bathrooms that allow enough space for wheelchair maneuverability.