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Reasonable Accommodations in Assisted Living

Crafting Effective Requests to Promote Housing Choice

By Kim Pederson & Melissa Morris

The Fair Housing Amendments Act prohibits disability discrimination in housing settings, such as seniors’ assisted living facilities, designed to serve people with disabilities. State licensing schemes can make it very difficult for seniors to request the reasonable accommodations that they often need to remain in their homes. By studying the California licensing scheme and two poignant examples of seniors determined to age in place, advocates can learn new strategies for helping their clients preserve fair housing rights.

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