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Governor Maura Healey’s Housing Bond Bill, redrafted by the House (H4707), includes Accessory Dwelling Units by right. Representative Christine Barber worked with The Arc to file amendment #194, Accessory Dwelling Units for People with Disabilities. It includes language to allow the owner occupier to be a special needs trust and maintains the option for two bedrooms to meet the MassHealth requirements of the Adult Family Care/Foster Care program.

Now is the time to reach out to your Representative and request their support and passage of amendment #194. The amendment will accomplish the same outcomes as the bill which has been a priority for The Arc and AFAM and other advocacy partners for several sessions, “An Act Relative to Accessory Dwelling Units.”

This amendment to H4707 would provide a vital option to those with disabilities and their families to build sustainable, non-congregate housing. The bill permits the creation of an accessory apartment (an in-law apartment) that could be added to a single-family home for the benefit of a person with a disability or an elderly person.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) allow people with disabilities to remain in their communities, often where they have natural supports. Unfortunately, the demand for housing for people with autism in the Commonwealth is increasing at the same time housing costs are soaring. ADUs offer a crucial alternative for some and makes financial sense for the state.

Let’s get this important housing bill across the finish line!

Thank you for your advocacy. Please reach out to Maura Sullivan at with any questions.

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