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Accessible Housing and Technology


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HUD granted three awards to conduct research and demonstration on accessible housing and technology, making awards to Auburn University, Home Innovations Research Lab, and the University of Florida, totaling $2 million. The grants will conduct studies on innovations that can be used in the design and construction of affordable, accessible and aesthetically pleasing housing, including technological adaptations. Each of the awardees will identify, evaluate, and test the home modifications and technology innovations necessary to make existing housing accessible. Each grantee will use a combination of multiple testing protocols including lab construction of room layouts, virtual reality technology, interdisciplinary advisory teams, and focus groups. Research results will be summarized in reports where applicable, and used in the development and dissemination of tools for homeowners, care givers, and architects, builders and remodelers to renovate existing housing for accessible features, including technology. HUD will be publishing final reports in March 2024, while material may be developed and posted electronically during the course of the work.

Note: The status of this project is ongoing.

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