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Residential Access

By building or installing various home modifications, CIL’s Residential Access Program helps residents live more safely and independently in their homes.

Examples of modifications include:

Exterior lifts or ramps, grab bars, standing poles

Flexible shower hoses

Flashing doorbells

Tactile stair tread

Handrails and much more

This program is free for low to moderate-income Berkeley residents who have a verified disability, whether homeowner or renter. Only for City of Berkeley residents. Must show proof of income, occupancy, and other required documentation.

For reference, the following table shows the income limits in 2021 for what the City of Berkeley considered low to moderate-income:

If you do not fit the requirements for this program, CIL has a fee-for-service consultation for homeowners who live in the East Bay to determine the best ways to make their homes more accessible.
Loaners & Donations

As a temporary solution to improve accessibility, CIL has a Loaner Ramp Program. If you or someone you know needs to access a threshold of one or two steps, we have a selection of one to six foot ramps available to loan. On the other hand, if you or someone you know has a ramp or other assistive technology that is no longer needed, we accept donations of clean devices in good condition whenever we have space in our collection! Please visit our Loaners & Repairs page for more information.

Sponsors and Partners

Access Stories

Julia's Story

Shown during the 2019 Ed Roberts Awards, “EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACCESS” shows how partnerships between Berkeley community organizations can benefit residents like Julia. Thanks to the Berkeley Fire Fighters Association for their support!

Margie & Luis

In this video, “Margie & Luis,” we talk with CIL Residential Access Coordinator, Margie Cochran, about how one particular client came to the attention of CIL. We sit down with the client, Luis, a 20-year-old from Oakland, as he explains how the new ramp, provided by CIL, has helped him live more independently.

Reach out if you need Residential Access services

If you have any issues using this form please call us at 510-841-4776 or email us at

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