Being part of the community and living as independently as possible are among the most important values and goals shared by people with disabilities, their families, and advocates. A home of one’s own – either rented or owned – is the cornerstone of independence for people with disabilities. However, across the U.S. people with disabilities face a severe housing crisis.
FAAST feels pairing Floridians with disabilities with an affordable, accessible place to live is within our mandate of providing Information and Assistance services.
An accessible home offers specific features or technologies to accommodate people with disabilities, such as lowered kitchen counters and sinks, roll-under stoves, widened doorways, wheel-in showers and raised electrical outlets. For people who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, finding housing with even basic accessibility features (e.g. an entrance with no steps) ranges from daunting to impossible. In addition, accessible units can be very costly to rent or purchase.
"The housing locator service allows people to locate available housing that best fits their individual and family needs. The services can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center M-F, 9:00 EDT. Individuals can easily search for housing using a wide variety of search criteria with special mapping features and receive apartment listings that provide a multitude of important information about each unit. In addition, the site connects people to other housing resources through website links and provides helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibilities information."
Florida Housing Search is a free place to list and find affordable housing in Florida.