Good news! Two new city ordinances require basic access features in ALL new houses: Vancouver, BC (2013) and Austin, TX (2014).

Visitability - sometimes called ‘Basic Home Access’ or ‘Inclusive Home Design’ - is a campaign for meaningful policy requiring a few essential features in every new home:

  • One zero-step entrance
  • Interior doors, including bathrooms, with 32 inches or more of clear passage space
  • At least a half bath (preferably a full bath) on the main floor

Concrete Change advocates for structural and legislative shifts that promote basic home access. Click here to read more about visitability!

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Most Recent Updates

May 142013
 

Concrete Change director/organizer Eleanor Smith gave her last public presentation in April 2013, a “Visit-ability Train the Trainers Webinar”. Click here for the slides and transcript.

Many people across the U.S. and beyond actively work for Visitability. Join in to keep making ‘concrete change’.

Apr 052012
 

On March 15, Concrete Change hosted U.S. Secretary for Fair Housing John Trasvina at East Lake Commons, a 100% visitable, 67-home intergenerational co-housing community which is the home of Eleanor Smith.  Mr. Trasvina had contacted Eleanor after hearing her speak on Visitability in DC and said he’d like to converse further the next time he came to Atlanta.  He was accompanied by Ed Jennings, HUD Regional Director for ten southern states, and additional HUD staff.

Eleanor Smith shows U.S. Secretary for Fair Housing John Trasvina East Lake Commons, a 100% visitable, 67-home intergenerational co-housing community.We briefly toured the community to show how simply zero-step entrances were accomplished on a variety of terrains.

Then we visited a home in the community to see how simply a wide bathroom door can be incorporated into small-footprint house plans.  (Most bathrooms are habitually built with narrow doors.  For instance, a new ‘mini-mansion’ a few blocks from East Lake Commons has six bathrooms, all with narrow doors.)  We then met in Eleanor’s living room, to discuss how Visitability can be incorporated more fully in HUD-assisted new housing in Georgia and beyond.  HUD’s Disability Task Force and several task force members from the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the National Council on Independent Living have begun renewed focus on promoting Visitability within HUD-assisted new, single-family houses and townhouses.