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Improving Experiences for Residents with Disabilities in Federally Assisted Family Housing

Disabled individuals and families in federally assisted housing face multiple challenges in gaining access to housing units and services that meet their needs—despite legal frameworks meant to help them. Without improvements in reasonable accommodation processes and service supports, these residents will continue to experience inconsistent processes and uneven support, ultimately leading to inequitable outcomes.

Join the Urban Institute for an important discussion on how to improve housing and service access for people with disabilities living in federally assisted family housing. Policymakers, housing providers, and disability advocates will share their perspectives on what is and is not working to connect residents with diverse disabilities living in federally assisted housing to the housing units and services they need. They will elevate opportunities for strengthening reasonable accommodations processes and service connections and suggest ways for improving support and trust between family housing providers and the disabled residents they house.



  • Seth Embry, Chief Operating Officer, Housing Authority of the Birmingham District
  • Deborah Jackson, Mobility Supervisor, District of Columbia Housing Authority
  • Kimberlyn Leary, Senior Vice President, Urban Institute
  • Demetria L. McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Cathleen O’Brien, Housing Community Organizer and Staff Liaison for the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing, Access Living
  • Kenneth M. Walden, Managing Attorney, Access Living
  • Corianne Payton Scally, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)


Support for this event is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action program. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully, so we are providing ASL translation and CART transcription services. Please email [email protected] if you require additional services or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Executive Vice President
  • Senior Fellow, Research
    Practice Area Lead: Housing as a Platform