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By building or installing various home modifications, CIL's Residential Access Program helps residents live more safely and independently in their homes.

RESIDENTIAL
ACCESS

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Photo of a man in a wheelchair using a lift at his home.
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Residential Access Program

By building or installing various home modifications, CIL helps residents live more safely and independently in their homes.  Our Residential Access Specialist will do a home assessment to determine the best improvements to meet your specific needs.

Examples of modifications include:

  • Exterior lifts or ramps, grab bars, standing poles

  • Flexible shower hoses

  • Flashing doorbells

  • Tactile stair tread

  • Handrails and much more

This program is free for low to moderate-income Berkeley residents who have a verified disability, whether homeowner or renter. Only for City of Berkeley residents. Must show proof of income, occupancy, and other required documentation.

If you do not fit the requirements for this program, CIL has a fee-for-service consultation for homeowners who live in the East Bay to determine the best ways to make their homes more accessible.

 

Loaner Ramp Program

As a temporary solution to improve accessibility, CIL now has a Loaner Ramp Program. If you or someone you know needs to access a threshold of one or two steps, we have a selection of one to six foot ramps available to loan.

LAB

ASSISTIVE
TECHNOLOGY

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DEMO SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY

New to smart home technology?  Visit our Assistive Technology Lab to learn about Smart TVs, voice-command lighting, and more.

For more information about CIL's Residential Access Program, contact:

John Benson

Residential Access Coordinator

jbenson@thecil.org

or contact CIL at 510-841-4776

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Julia's Story
Empowerment Through Access

Shown during the 2019 Ed Roberts Awards, "EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACCESS" shows how partnerships between Berkeley community organizations can benefit residents like Julia. Thanks to the Berkeley Fire Fighters Association for their support!

Margie & Luis
A Residential Access Story

In this video, "Margie & Luis," we talk with CIL Residential Access Coordinator, Margie Cochran, about how one particular client came to the attention of CIL. We sit down with the client, Luis, a 20-year-old from Oakland, as he explains how the new ramp, provided by CIL, has helped him live more independently.