Building Homes That Are Inclusive of All Generations

Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. NPHS is committed to integrating Universal Design elements into its housing developments as much as possible. The intent of Universal Design is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. The term “Universal Design” was coined by the late Ronald L. Mace, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

“Our commitment to Universal Design moves beyond accessibility to ensure that our homes are not only accessible for all ages and abilities, but are also appealing and satisfying for all,” says NPHS CEO Clemente Arturo Mojica. “We want our homes to offer both a multi-generational appeal, and an experience that is inclusive of all people.”

NPHS will be integrating Universal Design features into their homes as funding resources become available to allow homeowners to age in place. Some of these features include an open plan design with clear door opening widths for all doorways, at least one bedroom and accessible bathroom on a ground floor entry level, adequate maneuvering space within bathrooms with adjusted lavatory counter space heights, and kitchens with continuous countertops with adjustable height shelves in cabinets.

NPHS is proud to partner with Home Matters to promote Universal Design features to benefit a variety of users, not just people with disabilities, allowing families to age in their homes. Thanks to a grant from Wells Fargo, NPHS’ first Universal Design project is a home in Highland that will be upgraded and offered to a Veteran family for homeownership. In a couple months, NPHS will begin developing beautiful, energy efficient factory-built homes in cities across the Inland Empire, all of which will contain Universal Design elements.

For information on our affordable housing developments and partnerships opportunities, please contact Jenny Ortiz, Vice President of Innovations and Social Enterprises, at jortiz@nphsinc.org. For Veterans interested in the homeownership opportunity for the property in Highland, please contact Ameer Elahee, NPHS Real Estate Manager, at (909) 391-6497.