What is a Reasonable Accommodation

HUD defines a reasonable accommodation as a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary for a person with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common use spaces, or to fulfill their program obligations. 

These may include things like: 

  • Assistance when filling out forms or receiving them in an accessible format such as braille or audio. 
  • Granting extended time for finding appropriate housing (voucher extension).  
  • Providing sign language interpretation for meetings  
  • Approving an additional bedroom in a unit for a live-in aide.  
  • Providing increased rental assistance if necessary for finding an accessible unit.  

If you or someone in your family has a disability that requires one of these special accommodations, you will need to request a Reasonable Accommodation through your PHA. You will be required to provide verification of the disability and the needed accommodation in order to be approved for any changes to your voucher.