If you are making a request for an additional bedroom, some Housing Authorities will reply that your request can be accommodated by having a family member sleep in the living room. Learn more about Policies for Sleeping in Living Room
If there are any reasons this not a good option for your family, it may help if both you and your doctor include this reason in your written accommodation request.
It’s important that the reason be directly related to the disabled person. If it is not disability-related, it is less likely to be approved.
No. May NOT to Get Approved
These are examples of reasons that are not related to disability. A request for these reasons is less likely to get approved:
- Non-disabled family member doesn’t want to sleep in living room
- Non-disabled family member won’t be able to sleep well in living room
- Non-disabled family member doesn’t have enough space in living room
Yes. More Likely to Get Approved
These are examples of reasons that are related to disability. A request for these reasons is more likely to get approved. Examples from our readers on why someone sleeping in the living might cause problems for their disabilities
🌸 Would restrict disabled person from having free access to the kitchen and needed food or medication. The person has specific health and medical needs which medically require 24 hour access to kitchen. Kitchen must be accessible 24 hours, including during overnight hours.
🌸 Living room needs to remain open and available for in-home occupational or physical therapies. A therapist has assessed living situation and written reasons why these therapies cannot be adequately performed in bedroom.
🌸 Disabled person relies on wheelchair and/or other mobility equipment. Excess furniture and belongings in living room would restrict disabled person’s mobility and obstruct paths for use of mobility equipment.
🌸 Increases fall risk and presents safety hazard. Person has a history of falls, or balance and coordination problems, and is at high risk for future falls. Excess belongings and furniture in living room would increase fall risk and presents a safety hazard.
🌸 For person who is homebound: doctor has written that being confined to bedroom, and losing continuous access to common living space, would worsen disability mental health symptoms and create an overly-restrictive living environment
🌸 Disabled person’s has a specific condition or symptoms that require them to make frequent use of common space during overnight hours, making it not suitable space for sleeping
🌸 Disabled person has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder which causes them to be frequently awake during overnight hours. They require free access to kitchen, bathroom, and common spaces to perform activities of daily living during those hours.
🌸 Person has a disability where severe symptoms can be triggered by noise (for example: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Seizure Disorder). Disabled person requires extreme quiet during overnight hours. Activity in living room during these hours can trigger symptoms, seizures, or episodes.
🌸 Living room is currently full… it is being used for storage and use of large medical equipment, mobility equipment, or physical therapy equipment. There is not adequate space for use as a bedroom as well, and not enough room in bedrooms to safely store and use this equipment.
🌸 All family members are disabled and will not be able to sleep in living room for reasons related to their disability.
It can also be noted that this sleeping arrangement might restrict a person with disabilities from being able to have equal opportunity to freely access, use, and enjoy their dwelling space.
🌸 This page is part of the free online guide: Epic Master List of Disability Accommodation Letters
🌸 Facebook Group: HUD and Section 8 Disabled Residents & Family Members
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