Disability rights advocates, including DRC and DRLC, successfully get L.A. city council to spend more than $200 million on the development of more accessible units in publicly funded housing.
Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
August 30, 2016
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Disability Rights California (DRC), Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC)
The city of Los Angeles has agreed to spend at least $200 million to create more accessible units in publicly funded housing, after settling litigation from a group of disability rights advocates, including Disability Rights California and Disability Rights Legal Center.
The approved deal requires the city to build or renovate 4,000 accessible units for people who use wheelchairs, have hearing impairments, and more.
Some Los Angeles residents reported going to units advertised as accessible, only to find that they were unable to get a wheelchair through the front door, or the kitchen or bathrooms were too small, or the unit was lacking other accommodations.
Further, some of the remaining apartments that were accessible were often occupied by people without disabilities.
Tags: Disability Rights, Housing, Housing: Discrimination