General Housing Topics

Section 8


Home Modifications

  • Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP) – provides no interest loans to modify the homes of adults and children with disabilities.
  • MRC / MassMATCH Adaptive Housing Program – provides housing evaluations, architectural services, housing modifications, and equipment installation to individuals with disabilities to enable them to achieve an employment outcome by removing barriers to living in their current home.

Universal Design

  • Visitability.org – Visitability is a growing trend nationwide. The term refers to single-family or owner-occupied housing designed in such a way that it can be lived in or visited by people who have trouble with steps or who use wheelchairs or walkers.
  • The Institute for Human Centered Design – Dedicated to enhancing the experiences of people of all ages, abilities, and cultures through excellence in design. Based in Boston.
  • The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access – at State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning studies and recommends ways to make environments and products more usable, safer and healthier for the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The IDeA Center’s activities are based on the philosophy of Inclusive Design.