Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (ix, 214 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Samantha Friedman

Committee Members

Kate Strully, Tse-Chuan Yang


Accessible Housing, Disability, Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), Housing, People with disabilities, Barrier-free design, Older people

Subject Categories

Disability Studies | Sociology


According to the U.S. Census, an estimated 56.7 million (19%) of U.S. citizens had a disability in 2010. In 2015, one out of every five adults had a disability with projections showing that by 2050, the disabled population is expected to comprise 27.1% of the non-institutionalized population. This study aimed to better understand housing accessibility by evaluating the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and evaluating the availability of accessible housing for people with disabilities to meet their housing needs. The FHAA was the first policy that made provisions to protect the private housing rights of people with disabilities and includes the ability of tenants with disabilities to make reasonable accommodations and modifications while also prohibiting housing discrimination based on disability status.