Federal officials are urging housing providers across the country to do more to help people with disabilities find affordable places to live in their communities.
Under a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision in a case known as Olmstead v. L.C., people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the community whenever possible. But officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are acknowledging that a lack of integrated, affordable housing options has made achieving that reality difficult.
Now the agency is asking local housing providers who receive financial assistance from the federal government to step up. In guidance issued this week, HUD is urging such entities to support state and local Olmstead efforts.