For Deinstitutionalization and the Independence, Inc. Accessible Housing Program, please see the information and contacts below:
Independence, Inc. provides information and services to assist people with disabilities obtain affordable and/or accessible housing, to learn one’s rights under fair housing laws and how to exercise those rights. We also assist people with disabilities moving from an institution to community based housing through our Deinstitutionalization Services.
The Independence, Inc. Accessible Housing Program (AHP) assists renters with disabilities and low incomes in Lawrence, Kansas make needed accessibility modifications in their housing. AHP is funded by a community development block grant from the City of Lawrence, Kansas. Contact Amy Ballinger to learn about the current availability of this grant and other resources that can assist you make needed accessibility modifications to your home.
- Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Rights and Resources U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website with information for people with disabilities.
- What Fair Housing Means for People with Disabilities is an excellent booklet from the Bazelon Center explaining in plain language how three federal laws protect the housing rights of people with mental or physical disabilities.
- Fair Housing Information Sheets are also available on the Bazelon Center’s website. They further explain housing rights and accommodations for individuals with disabilities based on Fair Housing laws.
- US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing Authorities across Kansas. On left side of this page one can search for: Privately Owned Subsidized Housing, Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and Local Renting Information.
- Kansas Human Rights Commission Agency that enforces the Kansas Act Against Discrimination
- The City of Lawrence, Kansas Human Relations Division is a local civil rights enforcement agency. It investigates complaints from persons in the City of Lawrence, Kansas alleging they have been discriminated against in employment, housing, or public accommodations because of disability and other protected class status. Human Relations also provides education for the City’s anti-discrimination law. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can submit an Intake Discrimination Complaint form online.
- The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority (LDCHA) is a joint agency of the City and County governments with a mission to provide safe and affordable housing to Douglas County residents with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. See application directions at How to Apply for (LDCHA) Housing (www.ldcha.org/housing/how-to-apply.htm).
- Housing Stabilization Collaborative Rent Assistance Program: A community Collaborative between Family Promise of Lawrence and Tenants to Homeowners with funding available to low income individuals or families needing short-term rent assistance.
- Tenants to Homeowners (TTH) (www.tenants-to-homeowners.org) maintains affordable rental homes in Lawrence, Kansas for those with very low incomes (60% or less than the median income for Lawrence). TTH also operates a first time homebuyer program for persons who qualify.
- Independence, Inc. Accessible Housing Program
This grant program assists renters with low to moderate incomes living in the City of Lawrence, Kansas make needed accessibility modifications in their housing. Information and technical assistance is also provided to others planning accessibility improvements in their home or business.
Contact: Amy Ballinger (email@example.com)
Independent Living Specialist
785-841-0333 ext. 119