Housing Resource Center

The Housing Resource Center (HRC) houses several interconnected programs: Public Policy, Nursing Home Transition, Home Modifications, Accessible Housing Advocacy and Long Term Care Advocacy. By combining these programs under one umbrella, HRC can provide realistic opportunities for successful independence that addresses the many aspects of housing and disability.HRC Logo

Local Housing Resource Reports

AlumiRamp Program Letter on Temporary Ramps (06-13)
Assisted Living Housing Report (05-13)
Fair Market Housing Report (05-13)
Group Home Housing Report (05-13)
Subsidized Housing Report (05-13)
Tax Properties Housing Report (05-13)
Wheelchair Accessible Housing Report (05-13)

Public Policy

In an effort to stay closely connected to legislative matters facing Ohioans living with disabilities, and as a support for all Centers for Independent Living in the state, The Ability Center maintains an Office of Public Policy in Columbus Ohio.

From this office, the Center can monitor legislation, help to move forward potential legislation and respond immediately, if necessary, to political changes. The Office of Public Policy provides input to legislators while alerting Ohioans with disabilities to opportunities to get involved in influencing policy.

Nursing Home Transition Program

“Nobody wants to live in a nursing home. That should tell us something.” – Wade Blank, Advocate

The Nursing Home Transition Program connects people with disabilities to programs and services necessary to maintain independence in the community. Ability Center staff act as Transition Coordinators for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Access Success and Home Choice programs. If you are ready and able to leave a long-term care facility, Nursing Home Transition staff can assist you in coordinating your transition.

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Individuals must reside in a nursing facility for a minimum of 3 months before they can qualify for the Ohio Home Choice Program. An individual or nursing home staff person can call and speak with someone on the Nursing Home Transition Team for more information concerning the Transition Program process.

Home Accessibility Program

The Home Accessibility Program uses federal, state and local grant dollars to assist individuals with accessible home modifications necessary to maintain a good quality of life and independence in the community. For more details on this, please visit the program page.

Accessible Housing Advocacy Program

“It defies logic to build new homes that block people out when it’s so easy and cheap to build new homes that let people in.” — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D. -IL)

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires access to people with disabilities for all new multi-family dwellings and a small percentage (5%) of single-family homes constructed using public funds. This law obviously does not address the vast majority of single-family housing in the United States.

Three Basic Conditions

Visitability seeks to make new housing accessible by having it meet three basic conditions:

  1. one zero-step entrance with a wheelchair approachable route
  2. hallways and doorways wide enough for safe navigation by wheelchairs
  3. one wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the main floor

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Just making these three changes in the design of new homes is a cost-effective way for people to maintain their independence. Most people living with a disability will tell you that their biggest issue is living in a world that does not consciously accommodate their needs. A lack of easy access denies those who need it opportunities to interact, socialize, create, and enjoy friendships.

The Accessible Housing Advocacy Program provides information, consultation and advocacy with respect to Visitability and Universal Design. This program can also connect individuals with realtors and home builders knowledgeable and capable of identifying features necessary for an accessible home. Our goal is to maximize residential functionality and marketability by taking a responsible look at community needs and identifying economical, environmental and aesthetically pleasing solutions.

Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)

Need or want to build an accessible home or business and want to be sure you are in compliance? Here is a link to the Access Board’s web page for the ADAAG. Broken down by Section, it offers guidelines for all aspects of accommodation. Link to ADAAG

Long Term Care Advocacy

The Ability Center works to provide long term care advocacy by participating in several local and regional task force and councils, among them are the Ohio Olmstead Task Force, CATR and the Home Choice Community Advisory Council.

The Ohio Olmstead Task Force is a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities of all ages, family members and organizations advocating together for the right to live, work and participate in their communities.

Community Advocates for Transportation Rights (CATR) is a small group of concerned individuals with disabilities working to ensure access to transportation in Toledo and the surrounding communities.

HOME Choice assists older adults and people with disabilities to move from long-term care facilities to home and community-based settings. The Ability Center participates in the advisory council for the program.

Below are a few links that may be assist you in obtaining accessible housing:

For House HuntersOhio Housing LocatorIf you are looking for a reputable home builder or contractor:Accessible Renovations
Decker Homes
R & D Contractors
Stanbery Homes

If you are looking for or wish to become an housing advocate:

National Homeless
Ohio CDC
Ohio Legal Rights Services
Ohio Policy Matters

Local ResourcesCity of Toledo Visitability OrdinanceAdditional ResourcesConcrete Change
Buffalo.edu Visitability

National Visitability


Housing Resource Center Staff
Home Accessibility Staff
Nursing Home Transition Staff