Home sweet accessible home: Port Townsend project 1 of 4 national HUD award recipients Full article here.
Wisconsin couple donates accessible home for vet with family Full article here.
Builders should construct homes with accessibility in mind Full article here.
Alberta Habitat for Humanity home provides vital accessibility for girl with special needs Full article here.
Bend housing crisis extreme for the disabled Full article here.
Johnson County Developmental Supports in Kansas City provides affordable, accessible housing Full article here.
Pennsylvania Accessible Housing Program promotes upgrades to allow aging in place Full article here.
Cathie Ross, as a Senior Mortgage Specialist for Directors Mortgage (NMLS# 207927) is proud to be a Homes for Heroes® Affiliated Lender!
If you are active or retired military, firefighter, police officer, first responder, doctor, nurse, or teacher, you qualify for Hero Rewards! Learn more by clicking here!
Personal story of a family upgrading their home for more accessibility. Full article here.
CNN Heroes: Watch Iraq Veteran Dale Beatty and Purple Heart Homes help other veterans into accessible housing! (Warning: may require tissues!)
Pittsburgh family creates wheelchair-accessible kitchen: Story and Photos here
Accessible home makeover means more independence for California disabled teen: Story and Video here
Accessible Bathtubs: Rising Trend at the Pennsylvania Home Show
More than 13 percent of the American population is over 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2030, that number will grow to nearly 20 percent.
More seniors are choosing to age in place through home upgrades.
PBS.org Retirement Revolution
Retirement Revolution is a documentary showcasing the challenges of retiring for an aging population with a changing financial landscape. View videos, read stories, and access resources by visiting their website.
Washington Post: Handicap-accessible housing market is still a work in progress More Realize They Face Pricey Long-Term Care
More stories on retirement can be found at the Retirement Revolution section on PBS.org.
Would you know an accessible home if you saw one? The demand for homes with accessible features is growing and we are here to help. Mobility Rules and the Certified Mobility Consultant designation are covered in The Oregonian. See the article on Oregon Live or view the article in your browser.
Our CMC Member Services were expanded with the addition of a Resources Directory plus access to a special lending program to finance home modifications for accessibility. The Directory contains listings for all 50 states including home modification grants and loans, where to find accessible housing information online and other resources compiled specifically for Mobility Rules®.
Having more accessible housing benefits the owner and their visitors! Read more here
Mobility Rules® selected OnlineEd.com, a leading online education company, to administer the Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) course. OnlineEd courses are developed and provided by top trainers, coaches and industry professionals. This association will streamline the CMC testing process and bring the course to a wider audience.
We are proud to announce that Cathie Ross has received a U.S. Patent for her Top Ten Accessibility Ruler, created for the Mobility Rules® program. This easy to use tool combines the Top Ten Rules for Accessible Living along with an easy to use ruler containing all of the important accessibility measurements. To learn more about the ruler, or order a ruler online, visit the Mobility Rules® Accessibility Ruler page.
Mobility Rules®, LLC and HomeBridge.org (accessible home search) were included in the lead story featuring accessible homes in the Oregonian real estate section on June 15, 2008. Read the full story here: Download Oregonian feature story (PDF).
CMC Membership continues to grow. Our educational outreach now includes a new video series with samples posted on YouTube. To view our channel, visit http://youtube.com/mobilityrules. Branding changes include a more universal and focused design. The Top Ten Guidelines for Accessible Living Ruler is now available for secure, instant ordering online.
Cathie Ross, owner of Bridges To Mobility and Kimberly Powell, a founder of HS1 (Home Search One, Inc.) combined forces to form Mobility Rules®, LLC. Mobility Rules® will offer training tools and education to encourage the advancement of accessible housing. Mobility Rules® is also the home of a new designation, the CMC (Certified Mobility Consultant). CMC benefits include a listing on the MobilityRules.com website directory and networking with professionals and businesses in the field.
The RMLS™ presented website enhancements to better identify accessible housing in the databases of homes listed for sale. In collaboration with Bridges to Mobility and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, a training curriculum has been approved to educate Realtors® on the use of these enhancements to better serve the disabled community.
This year has included presentations at various real estate industry conferences, as well as the National CMLS conference, identifying Oregon as a leader in the industry for positively furthering fair housing opportunities for all individuals with disabilities.
Home Search One, Inc. (HS1), a leading developer of web sites and web application for the real estate industry, in association with Bridges to Mobility, introduced HomeBridge.Org, a national portal designed to bring awareness to the growing need for accessible housing. The goal of HomeBridge.Org is to become the most helpful and complete website for special housing needs, offering the user search functions targeting homes with specific accessible features as well as a directory to aid in the process of adapting existing homes eligible to meet required needs.
Bridges to Mobility assisted the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) and Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) to secure a Federal HUD grant. This grant was awarded in September for an Education and Outreach Initiative Project. The purpose of the grant is to educate the community and enhance the search tools on the RMLS™ website allowing the general public and the real estate professionals to easily identify accessible features in homes for sale.
Created a strategy for “Making a Good Idea Better” which included Outreach and Education targeting changes in the way we look at “Accessible” housing within the real estate community. Presentations were given to various real estate professionals and associations that had the power to make the changes possible.
2000 – 2002
Continued development of the Resource Directory with Realtors®, Contractors, and Service Providers who specialize and focus on finding or modifying homes to become accessible and increase mobility.
Established Bridges to Mobility with the ultimate goal to be able to identify accessible housing allowing individuals to function independently at the highest level possible within their home environment. Focused on, “What is accessible housing?”