Housing

Resolve providing for an investigation and study by a special commission relative to the need for accessible homes for the elderly, returning veterans with disabilities, and families that include persons with disabilities (HD1655)

There are currently 650,000 Massachusetts residents, including veterans, persons with disabilities and many seniors, facing mobility limitations that make it difficult, if not impossible, to access and occupy housing that lacks three basic features, collectively known as the “visitability” standard: a no-step entry, a doorway at that entry wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, and a bathroom on the entry floor. This legislation would create a special commission to study how best to encourage production of housing in the Commonwealth that meets the “visitability” standard.