Disability Resource Clearinghouse Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the Justice Center’s Disability Resource Clearinghouse where you can access information about disability-related programs, services, laws and regulations. This Clearinghouse links to resources from local, state, federal and national agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations. We seek to provide a wide-range of information that may be helpful to people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and advocates.  

Featured Resource

Employer Success Stories

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) supports employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities. Find examples of companies that have made disability diversity in the workplace a priority.

Navigating Human Service Systems

The Multiple Systems Navigator provides easily accessible resources, service information and tools to assist youth, parents, family members/caregivers, and front-line staff currently struggling to effectively and efficiently navigate multiple human service systems – creating a web-based, ‘one-stop-shop’ for user-friendly, accurate and up-to-date disability information and tools.

Recreation in New York State

The Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes all visitors to explore outdoor recreation on state lands and is committed to providing an ever-increasing range of accessible opportunities. Currently, visitors to accessible facilities can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, canoeing, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, visiting historic assets, wildlife observation and camping at DEC campgrounds among many other recreational opportunities. 

NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE?  

If you cannot find the information you need, please call one of our Disability Navigators toll-free at 1-800-624-4143.  Relay users, please dial 7-1-1 or email us at infoassistance@justicecenter.ny.gov.  

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Housing

State

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR Fair and Equitable Housing Office provides information on Federal, State and local laws that protect people from discrimination and ensure they have equal access to housing.  

The Multiple Systems Navigator provides easily accessible resources, service information and tools to assist youth, parents, family members/caregivers, and front-line staff currently struggling to effectively and efficiently navigate multiple human service systems – creating a web-based, ‘one-stop-shop’ for user-friendly, accurate and up-to-date disability information and tools.

The DRIE program is an exemption against future rent increases for eligible disabled persons living in New York City rent-controlled, rent stabilized, Mitchell-Lama and other eligible apartments. 

This site provides links to community resources and laws that deal with issues of housing.

Information about housing, home care and waiver services for people with Traumatic Brain Injury can be found under the “Spectrum of Services” on this site.  

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ HOYO program is open to income-eligible people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents or legal guardians. The program offers a wide range of supports, including information on low-interest mortgages, as well as homeownership counseling, training, financial management assistance and assistance with apartment searches.  

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities licenses residential programs for people with developmental disabilities. Varying levels of housing and related services are described. A  directory of housing providers can be searched by county.

The Office of Mental Health provides information about mental health housing options, including residential congregate housing, apartment treatment, and unlicensed housing can be accessed by county and program category.   

The Homes and Community Renewal Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Housing Subsidy Program provides rental assistance to NHTD Medicaid waiver participants in NYS.  The program provides alternatives to nursing home placement for people with disabilities ages 18 or over, and seniors by assisting them with safe, decent, accessible housing and services appropriate to their needs.  

The New York State Homes and Community Renewal provides a free service to list and find affordable, accessible homes and apartments across New York State.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance provides information on tax exemptions for qualified persons with disabilities. Qualifications, instructions and forms and applications can be found on their website.

The Homes and Community Renewal Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program provides rental assistance to senior citizens and homeless individuals with disabilities.   

Federal and National

HUD provides information about the Fair Housing Act which protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or obtaining financing for housing.  

Information about disability rights in private and public housing, including a link to an online complaint form can be found on this website.

Information about housing rights, assistance animals, and reasonable accommodations can be found on this website.