National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


Legal and Advocacy Issues in Supportive Housing

Pamela Cohen, J.D.


This workshop will discuss legal and advocacy issues involved in promoting supportive housing as an integrated, community-based alternative to institutionalization for people with mental health disabilities. The presentation and discussion will cover:  the Americans with Disabilities Act's mandate to provide placement in the most integrated setting appropriate to an individual's needs; the Fair Housing Act's protections against disability-based discrimination; land use and planning provisions that require communities to plan for housing resources targeted to people with disabilities and provide them with reasonable accommodations; and advocacy tips for expanding scattered site supportive housing.


Supportive Housing Powerpoint (pptx file)

Selected Supportive Housing Resources (MS Word docx file)


Link to brief presenter bio:

Pamela Cohen, J.D.


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