We recognize the need for affordable, accessible housing options that promote independence and dignity for people with disabilities. Use the links below to find information and resources that can help make it possible for disabled individuals to live successfully in the community of their choice.
Improve Daily Living for People with Disabilities
Each of us is born with a desire for independence. When physical and sensory disabilities threaten that independence, improved accessibility is one key to restoring it. However, improving accessibility - especially in rental housing - is often easier said than done. Landlords are required by fair housing laws to permit modifications to an apartment to make it barrier-free. However, tenants usually bear the cost of these modifications which can be substantial. Fortunately, help is available in the form of accessibility grants administered through VHDA and our Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM) program.
Who is Eligible?
A grant of up to $2,800 per rental unit is available to tenants with disabilities who earn 80% or less of the area median income (AMI). For qualified individuals holding Intellectual Disability (ID) or Development Disability (DD) waivers, a grant of up to $10,000 is available.
All applications must be made through accepted agents. These agents include but are not limited to:
Below are the Handbook, Application and program documents required for this grant.
RUAM Document Portfolio
What You Should Know Before You Hire A Contactor
Department of Justice and HUD reasonable modifications
Access Virginia is an online housing registry that helps Virginians with disabilities find accessible, affordable apartments and learn about accessibility requirements.
This VHDA grant pays for modifications to make living spaces more accessible for military veterans who sustained injury during service.
The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Serves as Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living
A statewide association of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that advocates for the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.
Virginia Centers for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) provide services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. CILs work with both individuals, as well as the local communities, to remove barriers to independence and ensuring equality of persons with disabilities. Select an Area on the map to view the designated CIL for that area.