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Fair Housing

As a person with a disability, what are my housing rights? 
Regardless of whether you live in private or public housing, Federal laws provides certain rights to persons with disabilities. Learn more from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about the housing right of people with disabilities:

Learn More: What “Fair Housing” Means for People with Disabilities (Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 2006)  is a brochure written for people with disabilities who want to rent a home, whether privately or publicly owned or operated. Others who may find the information useful include landlords, housing developers and administrators, real estate agents and advocates for people with disabilities.

Home Modification Resources
The cost and complexity of retrofitting an existing home can vary greatly, depending on the resident's need.  Below are some programs that may help defray the expense, provide information or assist with repairs and renovations.  

Area Agency on Aging
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035-1104
Telephone: 703-324-7948
Toll-Free: 1-866-503-0217
TTY: 703-449-1186
Fax: 703-802-1410

Access VA - Virginia's Accessible Housing Resource
This is a website that provides links to any different accessible housing resources, including government agencies, services, and adaptable or universally designed appliances for your home.

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
DARS assists individuals with disabilities with determining whether home modifications are needed to reach their employment goals and identifying resources to help cover the cost of these services.
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, VA  23229
804-662-7000 (V/Relay)
800-464-9950 (Phone)
804-662-9532 (Fax)

Fairfax Office
11150 Fairfax Blvd.
Suite 300
Fairfax, VA  22030
703-359-1124 (Voice)
703-359-1126 (TTY)
703-277-3528 (Fax)

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV)
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305
Courthouse Plaza II
Arlington, VA 22201
703-525-ECNV (3268) (Phone)
703-525-3553 (TTY)
703-525-3585 (Fax)

Resources for Home Modifications for People with Disabilities
Offers information for Disability Services Planning and Development
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035-1104
Telephone: 703-324-5421
TTY 703-449-1186
Fax 703-449-8689

Home Repair for the Elderly Program provides minor home repairs to eligible low and moderate income elderly homeowners residing in the property, as well as accessibility modifications for disabled homeowners. Fairfax County will provide a crew to do up to one week's labor and provide up to $500 in materials to complete necessary repairs and maintenance. Materials are paid for by County and Federal funds.

Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority
3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA  22030
Telephone: 703-246-5179
TTY: 703-385-3578

Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA): Low interest loans for a variety of special equipment to eligible applicants. The interest rate is normally well below normal market rates, and loans are available with no down payment and longer terms which reduces monthly payments. All funds must be used for assistive technology directed related to a person's disability.
1602 Rolling Hills Dr.
Suite 107
Richmond, Virginia  23229
804-662-9000 (V/Relay)
866-835-5976 (Toll-free V/Relay)
804-662-9533 (Fax)

Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church provides volunteer home repairs to low-income homeowners and non-profits in our community with critically needed home repairs and modifications to create safe and healthy homes.
Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church
10723 Main Street, Suite 135
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fax 703-528-1197

Virginia Housing Development Authority Rental Accessibility Modification Grant:  up to $2,000 per rental unit in assistance for accessibility modifications is available to tenants with disabilities who earn 80% or less of the area median income (AMI).
601 South Belvidere Street
Richmond, VA 23220
TTY 804-783-6705

Virginia Livable Homes Tax Credit:  Tax credits are available for up to $5,000 for the purchase/construction of a new accessible residence and up to 50 percent for the cost of retrofitting existing units, not to exceed $5,000.
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 300 
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-7124

Housing Search Checklist

What Do You Require When Looking for Accessible Housing?

Landlord Tenant Issues

It's important the landlord and tenant understand their rights and responsibilities when entering in to a lease agreement.  The following links will guide you to additional information:
Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act

Fairfax County Tenant-Landlord Resources: The Consumer Affairs Branch provides mediation and arbitration for tenant-landlord complaints.
703-222-8435, TTY 711

Housing Opportunities Made Equal is a statewide nonprofit organization that addresses housing discrimination issues. 
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.
626 E. Broad St., Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-354-0641
Fax: 804-354-0690
Virginia Relay: 711

Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to low income residents of Northern Virginia.
4080 Chain Bridge Road
2nd Floor
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone:  703-504-9141
Fax:  703-273-6476


Move-In/Move Out Checklist

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Universal Design

Fairfax County Universal Design Resources   



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