National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Housing without a Label: 
Using the Fair Housing Act and ADA to Expand Housing Choice

Michael Allen

Workshop Description

Historically, American housing policy has marginalized people with disabilities and people who are homeless.  Rather than move them “into the American mainstream,” as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act have promised, many communities have continued to isolate and segregate them.  This session will explore how legal rights enforcement strategies can help move our brothers and sisters into housing that looks like where you and I live.

Learning Goals and Objectives

1.     Participants will come away with basic knowledge about how the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protect people with psychiatric disabilities from discrimination and segregation on the basis of disability.

2.     Participants will be able to articulate ways in which housing programs in their own communities may fail to comply with the FHA and ADA.

3.    Participants will learn about integrative housing models that do not label residents, and how to advocate in their local communities for such models.