In January 2012, three non-profit organizations that advocate for people with disabilities filed a complaint alleging that the City of Los Angeles (City) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) failed 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, in violation of federal and state disability and accessibility laws and regulations. (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.) Approximately 750 existing housing developments and all new or substantially rehabilitated housing developments are covered under the lawsuit.
Effective September 5, 2016, the City entered into a settlement agreement (SA) with the plaintiffs to bring the City and the Covered Housing Developments into compliance with both physical and programmatic accessibility requirements. 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 developed the Accessible Housing Program (AcHP) to carry out the terms of the Settlement Agreement.