Residential Access

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

RESIDENTIAL
ACCESS

A man uses a guide rail to get around his home
A couple using a lift
A woman riding a lift in a scooter
A man uses a new lift at his home

Residential Access Program

By building or installing various home modifications, The CIL helps residents live more safely and independently in their homes.  Our Residential Access Specialist will do a home assessment to figure out the best modifications 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.

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.

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

John Benson

Residential Access Coordinator

jbenson@thecil.org

or contact The CIL at 510-841-4776

John Benson
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ASSISTIVE

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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!

Julia's Story
Empowerment Through Access

Margie & Luis
A Residential Access Story

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