In January 2012, the Independent Living Center of Southern California (“ILCSC”), the Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley (“FHCSFV”), and the Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (“CALIF”) filed a complaint against the City of Los Angeles (City) and the Community Development Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). The complaint alleged deficiencies in the physical accessibility of housing developments and their property management policies and procedures. (Independent Living Center of Southern California, et al. (Plaintiffs) vs. City of Los Angeles and Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (Defendants), U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Case No:12-cv-00551-FMO-PJW.)
The Plaintiffs subsequently filed a Second Amended Complaint that alleged that the City and the CRA/LA engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against people with disabilities, in violation of federal and state law, by failing to ensure that multifamily rental housing funded, developed, or otherwise assisted by the City and/or the CRA/LA was accessible and made available to people with disabilities.
The City negotiated with the Plaintiffs on a remedial plan to bring the City and the properties into compliance. These negotiations culminated in a Settlement Agreement (SA) with the Plaintiffs which became effective on September 5, 2016. The term of the SA is ten (10) years from the effective date, or when the target number of accessible units (4,000) is achieved, whichever is later.
The Los Angeles Housing and Community Housing Department has developed the Accessible Housing Program (AcHP) to carry out the terms of the Settlement Agreement.