About TAP

What is TAP?

The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) established the Housing and Disability Technical Assistance Program, TAP, in December of 1999. TAP provides information on accessible housing, fair housing laws and regulations, and financial and technical resources related to housing for people with disabilities in the City of Philadelphia.

What is the Purpose of TAP

TAP is designed to provide assistance to disability groups, housing and community development corporations, housing counseling agencies, builders, developers, architects, financial institutions, public agencies and officials, and other housing or human service organizations concerned about housing rights and opportunities for people with disabilities in the City of Philadelphia.

Division of Housing and Community Development

The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the sponsor for TAP, is the City of Philadelphia’s housing policy agency responsible for administering housing and community development programs to benefit low- and moderate-income residents. DHCD supports activities that:

  • Prevent homelessness by keeping people in their homes.
  • Increase affordable housing by producing new units.
  • Strengthen communities by eliminating blight and promoting neighborhood planning.
  • Create jobs by attracting and retaining businesses.
  • For more information about DHCD go to www.phila.gov/dhcd

Adaptive Modifications Program

Through the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp., DHCD operates the Adaptive Modifications Program which is designed to help Philadelphia residents with permanent physical disabilities live more independently in their homes. It provides free adaptations such as accessible kitchens and bathrooms, stairway elevators, exterior wheelchair lifts and ramps, railings, barrier-free showers, first-floor full and half-baths, and widened doorways allowing easier access to and mobility within the home. Private contractors make these modifications following a PHDC home inspection and client needs assessment. Income guidelines apply. For more information click here.