A home should be a safe and welcoming refuge from the difficulties of daily life, but people with disabilities can face harassment and discrimination solely because of their disability.
We advocate for integration and community living for people who were previously forced to live in institutions. We promote and defend the rights of people with disabilities to live in safe and accessible housing.
In 1988 Congress extended the protections of the 1968 Fair Housing Act to include people with disabilities. Disability Law Colorado helps people advocate for their own housing rights.
We also negotiate with landlords and housing authorities, we take legal action when necessary, and we press for system changes to improve policies and funding for affordable, accessible, supportive housing.
Housing Access Grant Program
In 2020 Disability Law Colorado was awarded a $397,000 grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to launch a two-year housing initiative in five rural communities: Craig, Durango, Ft. Morgan, Glenwood Springs and La Junta. This grant award is the largest private foundation grant in our 43-year history. We chose these communities based on what our clients with disabilities have told us and what our nonprofit and government partners have confirmed – the lack of safe, affordable, accessible housing is having an impact on health and wellbeing. CLICK HERE to discover more information about our "Housing is Health" program.