Construction guidelines help those with disabilities

The City of Rochester partnered with the Center for Disability Rights and housing developers to adopt construction guidelines for new housing units to provide access to people with disabilities.

The Visitable Home Design Guidelines will ensure that that new one- and two-family homes can, at a minimum, be visited by individuals with disabilities, according to information from Mayor Lovely Warren’s office. The guidelines have been adopted as a requirement for the construction of all one- and two-family housing units that receive support from city-sponsored programs.

In a statement, Warren said the guidelines represent an important step toward the larger goal of creating a city housing stock that is accessible to everyone. They also will increase accessible housing options and will lead to the creation of more accessible homes for disabled people and allow more seniors to age in place in the community, according to Stephanie Woodward, director of advocacy for the Center for Disability Rights.

To view the guidelines, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/developmentguidance.

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