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Using Reasonable Accommodations to Preserve Rights of Tenants with Disabilities

By Sherry Trafford

Probably few if any public housing providers and private landlords set out to make their dwellings unavailable to persons with disabilities. However, a housing provider's refusal to "accommodate" persons who because of disability may find it difficult to apply for and keep housing has the same result. The Fair Housing Act offers advocates a powerful opportunity to help applicants and tenants with disabilities secure housing—which in turn may help afford such persons a more stable base from which to enter into and participate in community life.

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