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