NHCD Blueprint Goal: 100% of ground floor units in new developments funded by NHCD will be adaptable and 25% of all affordable units will be accessible

100% ground floor units to be adaptable 

In all new developments funded through the Rental Housing Development Assistance (RHDA) program, 100% of all ground floor units will be adaptable for individuals with mobility or sensory impairments. Certain elements of a dwelling unit or facility can be added to, raised, lowered or altered to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities, or to accommodate the needs of persons with different types or degrees of disability. Modifications in an adaptable home may include: wide doorways, first floor with no steps, level lot with paved walkways and kitchen planned for wheelchair mobility. 

25% of all affordable units will be accessible 

An accessible unit is an individual dwelling unit, facility or a portion of a facility, when designed and constructed, can be approached, entered and/or used by individuals with physical disabilities. An accessible home should contain all of the features of an adaptable home, with further modifications that may include: low pile carpeting, outswing doors, level entryway or ramp, shower head that is adjustable, and high ceiling garage. RHDA guidelines state that 25% of affordable units are required to be accessible. However, after conversations with affordable housing developers, this portion of the Blueprint Goal will be difficult to attain, as it is prohibitively expensive and will result in the loss of other affordable units. NHCD is working to determine the appropriate percentage of accessible units and will alter the RHDA scoring process where applications with more accessible units receive higher scores.