Housing Safety and Accessibility Process

A housing safety and accessibility inspection is conducted for all shared living homes funded by the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL). DAIL provides oversight of this inspection process. The purpose of the inspections is to ensure the general health and safety of individuals receiving 24-hour residential supports and that the homes are in compliance with safety and accessibility standards.

The on-site inspections are conducted by a DAIL contracted Housing Safety and Accessibility Consultant, unless the home is required to be licensed or inspected by one of the following entities:  The Division of Fire Safety, the Vermont Department of Labor and  Industry, the Vermont State Housing Authority, Section 8 Housing, or a local housing authority. In the case of inspections completed by an organization other than the Consultant, the entity will arrange and conduct the inspection. The inspections must be completed, and all identified deficiencies corrected, prior to an individual moving into a shared living home, except in the event of a crisis in which an emergency home placement has been approved.

The shared living providers are contracted with the Provider Agency.   It is the responsibility of the Provider Agency to ensure that all shared living providers contracted with their agency has had all the required inspections successfully completed, and the necessary information has been provided to DAIL.

A shared living provider (also known as a home provider), may be any individual who is 21 years or older, (except the individual may not be the parent, legal guardian, representative payee or spouse of the individual receiving DAIL-funded services), who successfully passes background checks required by DAIL. Additional information about requirements for shared living providers in Vermont can be found in the Vermont program-specific provider manual.

Housing Safety and Accessibility Review Protocol

Housing Standards and Checklist (Pre-Inspection) - The Housing Standards and Checklist is used by the agencies for the pre-inspection of a home, prior to contacting the DAIL Home Contractor to schedule a Home Safety Assessment.  (See the Housing Safety and Accessibility Review Protocol.)  The filled out Pre-Inspection form is required to be uploaded into the DAIL Housing Portal. (See DAIL Inspection Application User Manual for Service Coordinators)

Accessibility Standards and Checklist (Pre-Inspection) - The Accessibility Standards and Checklist is used by the agencies for the pre-inspection of a home, prior to contacting the DAIL Home Contractor to schedule a Accessibility Assessment.  (See the Housing Safety and Accessibility Review Protocol.) 

Chimney Cleaning and Inspection by Non-Professional form - This form is available for the agencies to use for chimney cleaning and inspections that are completed in the years in between the required Professional chimney cleaning and inspections, which may be required during a Home Safety Assessment. (See the Housing Safety and Accessibility Review Protocol.)    

Home Safety Assessment Request for Housing Contractor - This form is required to be filled out and e-mailed to the DAIL Housing Contractor when requesting an Assessment to be scheduled. 

DAIL Inspection Application User Manual for Service Coordinators - A manual for the DAIL Housing Portal for Service Coordinators.  The DAIL Housing application and process is continually evolving and there may be some areas in this manual that have been updated since its publishing.  The Service Coordinator should contact the Super User at their agency to obtain any updates to this information.

Housing Portal Hints - Short, bulleted hints or reminders for the Housing Safety and Accessibility Process and the DAIL Housing Portal process.

DAIL Housing Portal Training

DAIL Housing Portal Training for Service Coordinators, recorded 08/06/20.

DAIL Housing Portal Training for Service Coordinators, PowerPoint 08/06/20.

Resumption of Home Safety and Accessibility Assessments guidelines, post COVID - Memo outlining the guidelines to resume home safety and accessibility assessment after being suspended due to COVID.