Hibiscus Moves Her Voucher Instead of Moving Herself

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When Hibiscus reached the top of the wait list for a housing voucher in another county, she was unable to move due to her medical condition.

Hibiscus wrote a wonderful and detailed letter explaining her situation, and then worked closely with her doctor on a verification letter. Happily, her request was approved. She is receiving her voucher and now looking for a landlord in her current area. Hibiscus kindly shared copies of her letter to help others.

Meet Hibiscus 

“Aloha everyone. After joining the Disability Self-Advocacy Facebook group, and putting a lot of hours into writing these letters, I successfully received a Reasonable Accommodation to port a voucher to my current county, thus waving the 12 month residency policy.

“I started by telling my doctor what I was doing and asking if she would support my requests. Then I made an appointment with my doctor specifically to go over the letters. I brought a draft and copy of my letter. It took my doctor a few weeks to get the final copy to of her letter to me. Here is what we sent:

Letter from Hibiscus

Dear X, Housing Choice Voucher Director at J County Housing Authority,

I am writing to request a reasonable accommodation as a person with disabilities.

Since I was accepted onto the waitlist for a housing voucher in J County, I have been medically diagnosed with more disabling conditions. My disabilities have also worsened significantly enough that I qualify for in-home care through DHS, via northwest senior and disabilities, in C County. It is due to the new diagnosis that require specialty medical providers, as well as the worsening of my disabilities, that I am requesting reasonable accommodations.

I’m a qualified individual with a disability, as defined by the fair housing amendments act of 1988. I have a disability which causes the following limitations:

– Distance traveling causes symptoms of my disability to worsen, causing an increase in pain, muscle spasms, and fatigue

– Due to my disability, my symptoms and functioning vary by the day, as well as the time of day, and I am unable to reliably schedule meetings at set times.

I have already established specialty medical providers, for several disabling diagnosis, in my area. Moving to another area would cause a detrimental lapse in my medical treatments if I had to set up a new patient appointments with all the specialty providers with whom I am currently established.

I have been receiving in-home care through the Northwest Senior and Disability department of C county since 2018, due to the severity of my disabilities that interfere with my ability to adequately care for my daily personal needs.

I am requesting the following reasonable accommodations:

– To be excused from the scheduled appointment at the J County Housing Authority on December 13, 2019 and January 10, 2020. My assigned care coordinator through Care Oregon did call on my behalf before the December 13 appointment and did explain that my disabilities would cause me to miss the appointment. He was told that I would need to follow up with this letter requesting reasonable accommodations to miss the appointment.

– To port my voucher to the N Housing Authority and C County within 30 days

I’m requesting these accommodations so that I will have equal opportunity to participate in your housing program. HUD office of fair housing and equality opportunity policy on reasonable accommodations and modifications states that: “Federal non-discrimination laws require housing providers to grant requests for reasonable accommodations and modifications in housing programs and activities.“

I am attaching a verification letter from my primary care doctor supporting this request.

I am also including the form to request Reasonable Accommodations that was provided to me from RM, leasing specialist. Please let me know if I need to supply any other forms.

Please reply in writing regarding this request for an accommodation, as soon as possible and no later than within 10 business days. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to receiving your reply.

Please note my new address below.

Thank you

Hibiscus

Letter from Doctor

Read the Letter from Hibiscus’ Doctor

Learn More

This page is part of the online guide: Epic Master List of Disability Accommodation Letters

Facebook Group: HUD and Section 8 Disabled Residents & Family Members

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