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Category Archives: Disabilities and Fair Housing
Access Means Everything!
Members of the Idaho Access Project spoke with several dozen architects, attorneys, and fair housing advocates on May 5 as part of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council’s 2023 workshop series. While the focus was on access in all aspects of life, the session included a comparison between fair housing design and construction requirements and Visitability.
Inclusive planning and design for mobility, access, safety and connectivity;
Visitability in single-family residential housing development;
Inclusive Recreation and Tourism, and
Integrating people with disabilities in civic, cultural and
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS | AVISO DE REUNIONES COMMUNITARIAS
The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) is partnering with the Idaho Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to host public meetings across Idaho. The SILC and the CILs serve Idahoans across disabilities and lifespan. The SILC and CILs are collecting information to develop a three-year (2024-2026) State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) that addresses Independent Living needs across Idaho. The purpose of the meeting is to:
Help us understand how the community is serving people in regard to housing, transportation, healthcare, education, job training, employment, recreation, community access and any other areas impacting Idahoans with disabilities.
Help us determine where to direct resources to improve opportunities for people with disabilities of any age to live in their community with the supports they need.
Provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the SILC, regarding the State Plan, systemic advocacy, education and other activities.
Provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the CILs and the core services they provide in our communities.
Tell the public about the State Plan for Independent Living.
All locations are accessible. Materials are provided in accessible formats. To request language interpretation (ASL, Spanish, etc.) or disability accommodations, call the SILC at least 10 days in advance 208-334-3800; toll-free 1-800-487-4866 or email:
Please share to social media
If your organization has a presence on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, please promote these public meetings and the Statewide Assessment Survey below. Please tag SILC and our partners at the Idaho Caregivers Alliance in your posts:
The Idaho SILC’s mission is to promote the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination and access for all. The Current SPIL (Federal Fiscal Year 2021-2023) may be reviewed at the following website: www.silc.idaho.gov/plans-and-reports/
Statewide assessment, survey
If you’re unable to attend a meeting, or would like to give us additional input, please complete our survey at the link below:
Additional formats, including large print and Braille are available on request. Please contact us for assistance: 208-334-3800; toll-free 1-800-487-4866 or email:
Fair Housing Means Access and Accommodation
The June 22, 2021 Fair Housing webinar focused on fair housing considerations for people with disabilities. Several key stakeholders involved in disability rights and advocacy participated in the discussion of fair housing protections in light of the current housing crisis, which impacts people with disabilities and other protected classes much harder that it does the general population.
One question came up in the follow-up discussion:
What is the statute of limitations on filing a fair housing complaint? HUD’s position:
FHEO begins its complaint investigation process shortly after receiving a complaint. You must file your complaint within one year of the last date of the alleged discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. Other civil rights authorities allow for complaints to be filed after one year for good cause, but FHEO recommends filing as soon as possible.
The group agreed that those in the areas of housing and community development would benefit from a more inclusive planning and design process that engages people with disabilities to inform strategies that make communities more livable and affordable to everyone.
Links to session materials and referenced resources:
National Housing Law Project: Tenant Resources During a Pandemic
The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) has assembled a list of tools and resources for homeowners, tenants, and advocates seeking to preserve housing stability and protect civil rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic and economic crisis.
The National Housing Law Project has put together the following resources for attorneys, advocates, policymakers, and others for assistance during the COVID-19 national public health crisis. We will continue to update this with NHLP resources and other resources as they become available. Please email us with any additional resources to post.