Residential Access

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


A woman riding a lift in a scooter
A man uses a new lift at his home
A couple using a lift
A man uses a guide rail to get around his home
Photo of ramps of varied length and size grouped together
Photo showing a ramp from a walkway to a door

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 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, TheCIL 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.

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

John Benson

Residential Access Coordinator

or contact TheCIL at 510-841-4776

John Benson

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 live more independently.