I am requesting a reasonable accommodation for a separate bedroom for my son, Chestnut who has disabilities. I am requesting that be granted his own bedroom.
Due to his disability, Chestnut experiences sensory issues as well as outbursts of becoming hyperactive, agitated, and impulsive. His behavioral therapist has recommended that a separate private bedroom is needed so he will have space to work on calming skills and therapeutic coping mechanisms, and to have somewhere to withdraw to that will allow him to better self-manage his symptoms.
Chestnut also has sensory issues, many of which are made worse when he feels his space is invaded or doesn’t have an area of his own to go to practice therapeutic coping mechanisms.
In addition, I would like to note that every member of our household qualifies to be a person with disabilities. As such, the living room cannot be used as a bedroom. A person using the living room as a bedroom might restrict a person with disabilities from being able to have equal opportunity to freely access, use, and enjoy their dwelling space as routines and schedules often conflict with each other.
I am requesting this accommodation so that we will have an equal opportunity to participate in your housing. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equality Opportunity policy on Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications states that: “Federal nondiscrimination laws require housing providers to grant requests for reasonable accommodations and modifications in housing, programs, and activities.”
I hope the following HUD policies will be helpful in considering my request:
“For applicants with a disability, a PHA must grant a reasonable accommodation request made by an applicant unless it constitutes an undue financial and administrative burden, a fundamental alteration to the program, or results in a direct threat that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation.” (HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook)
“A reasonable accommodation is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary for a person with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common use spaces, or to fulfill their program obligations. Any change in the way things are customarily done that enables a person with disabilities to enjoy housing opportunities or to meet program requirements is a reasonable accommodation.” (HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Guidebook)
Please reply in writing regarding this request for accommodation within 10 business days. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to receiving your reply.
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