Fundamental VisitAbility Principles


— Visitability focuses on new houses, not renovations.

— The three essential features are one entrance with zero steps; 32 inches or more of clear passage space through interior doors, including bathrooms; and at least a half bathroom on the main floor.

–The relevant VisitAbility factor is a high number of visitable houses built, not a high number of features within a house.

— Visitability focuses on laws and policies, not merely education or voluntary initiatives.

— Because the cost of VisitAbiliiy is virtually zero, desirable laws do not involve added financial benefits from the public sector for developers, such as tax cuts for or other resources.

— Desirable laws may tie VisitAbility requirements to existing benefits developers choose to take from the public sector such as impact fee waivers, construction or infrastructure funds, tax cuts via the Low Income Housing Tax Credit or other source, land donated or sold below market level, and so on.

— The most desirable laws and policies cover every new house (with exemption from the zero step entrance for lots where this feature is unfeasible).

— Tens of thousands of Visitable houses already built because of existing laws or policies demonstrate indisputably that these houses are inexpensive to construct, aesthetically pleasing, and fully marketable to the general public.

— Visitable houses are beneficial, increasing personal inclusion, health and housing choice.

— Unvisitable houses are harmful, undermining individual happiness and the public good. They burden public budgets, particularly through increased institutionalization of people unable to remain in their homes when mobility problems occur.

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