Q&A: Occupancy of accessible units

QUESTION: My agency will have a vacancy soon in a unit that is fully wheelchair accessible. We have a request for an accessible unit from a resident who lives in another development. Her current unit has a ramp but she says the kitchen and bathroom are too small to turn around in her wheelchair.

We also have an applicant on the waiting list who has requested an accessible unit. He currently lives in a shelter. Can we offer the unit to the applicant instead of the resident? The applicant seems to have a greater need and we’d like to avoid the costs involved in a transfer.

ANSWER: No, the PHA may not offer the accessible unit to an applicant before offering it to a resident. Read the rest of the response here.

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