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Project Open House (POH)


The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (“MOPD”) is pleased to announce the open enrollment application process for Project Open House (POH).  The POH mission is to remove “small” readily achievable architectural barriers within an individual's home for qualified applicants with a permanent disability, thereby assisting in gaining greater independence.

MOPD works hand in hand with City agencies to assure that the voice of the disabled community is represented, and that programs and policies address the needs of the community.  POH is administered by MOPD and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”), and provides for the removal of readily achievable residential barriers that do not require obtaining a permit from the NYC Department of Buildings ("DOB") and do not require the professional services of a NYS Licensed Architect.

  • Widening doorways within non-structural partitions;
  • Conversion of steps into ramps no greater than 18” in height;
  • Replacing existing plumbing fixtures with accessible fixtures;
  • Removal of sink base cabinets to provide an accessible work surface and/or a sink;
  • Installation of accessible amenities such as grab bars, door openers, accessible door handles, accessible height shelving;
  • Installing accessible railings;
  • Installation / conversion of residential doorbell and/or smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when an audible or visual system is needed; and
  • Other barrier removals that may be required by individuals with disabilities subject to review by MOPD.

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