Prevalence of Accessible Housing in the U.S.

The United States has an accessible housing problem: there aren’t enough available options.

Our goal at The Universal Design Project is to increase the prevalence of universally accessible homes in the U.S. housing stock. This will provide people of all abilities more options for safe and functional homes within their communities.

Based on this analysis of the accessible housing stock, there are currently very low numbers of housing options on the market that can be modified to meet changing needs, plus the amount of wheelchair accessible homes is less than one percent!

The CDC indicates that 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have a disability that affects how they are able to perform daily tasks. These two statistics alone can help us understand that there is currently a mismatch in the number of homes available for the people who need them.

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