Douglas Fir’s Letter Requesting Separate Bedroom

Dear x,

Douglas Fir is 6, and over the last 4 years he has developed a disability that often results in him lashing out in anger or aggression when he becomes overstimulated and requires structure and routine.

Douglas has a disability that affects his ability to handle change, and without separate, private space can become hyperactive, easily agitated, impulsive and aggressive with his brothers. Douglas needs a private space to be able to retreat to when he is overstimulated, becoming aggressive or needing to release energy.

His behavioralist believes it will help him self-manage his symptoms better as Douglas is calmed when he is in a controlled environment when no one touches his things or invades his space. It is then he is able to regain control.

We are requesting a bedroom for Douglas as a reasonable accommodation. An accommodation is needed for space to practice calming skills or coping mechanisms recommended by the child’s behavioral therapist.

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.

Thank You,
Allysum Flowers


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