The lack of accessible or adaptable housing is a growing concern as our population ages. State and city governments are often tasked with providing affordable housing, group homes, or retirement communities, filling a need not supported by the private market. Providing accessible residences has been complicated by overlapping and sometimes conflicting requirements. The 2010 ADA standards attempts to harmonize the requirements for residential dwelling units.
Residential versus Transient Lodging
The primary difference between residential facilities and transient lodging is the length of stay. Residential dwelling units are provided primarily for long-term occupancy, and transient lodging is primarily for short-term occupancy.