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The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) is a public housing agency that provides subsidized low-rent housing to eligible families, elderly, and disabled households. The LACDA does not discriminate against applicants or residents on the basis
of their disability. Under applicable law, the LACDA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and residents if they, or any household member(s), have a disability and if the reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification is necessary
to provide an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their housing.
Changes in policies or procedures are referred to as “reasonable accommodation.” People with disabilities may need assistance in completing the application process, searching for housing, and/or submitting the necessary paperwork.
For a full listing of all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Housing units, click here.
A reasonable accommodation is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary for a person with a disability to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, including public and common use spaces.
Since rules, policies, practices, and services may have a different effect on persons with disabilities than on other persons, treating persons with disabilities exactly the same as others will sometimes deny them an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
A request for a reasonable accommodation may be made at ANY time during the initial application process and throughout the tenancy.
It is unlawful for the LACDA to refuse to make reasonable accommodations when such accommodations may be necessary to afford persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
To show that a requested accommodation may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested accommodation and the individual's disability.
A request for accommodation must be reasonable, i.e., does not pose an undue financial and administrative burden to the LACDA or require a fundamental change to the LACDA’s housing programs.
A reasonable modification is a structural change made to existing premises, occupied, or to be occupied, by a person with a disability, in order to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises. Reasonable modifications can include structural changes to interiors and exteriors of dwellings and to common and public use areas.
A request for a reasonable modification may be made at any time during the tenancy.
It is unlawful for the LACDA to refuse to allow a reasonable modification to the premises when such a modification may be necessary to afford persons with disabilities full enjoyment of the premises.
To show that a requested modification may be necessary, there must be an identifiable relationship, or nexus, between the requested modification and the individual’s disability.
A request for a modification must be reasonable.
Reasonable accommodations and/or reasonable modifications are only granted to individuals with a disability to remove disability-related barriers to housing. For purposes of reasonable accommodation and/or reasonable modification, you are considered disabled if you are:
- An individual with a mental or physical impairment that limits one or more major life activities
- An individual who is regarded as having such an impairment
- An individual who has a record of such impairment
The accommodation cannot be against the law or change the nature of the assisted housing program like asking to pay less rent or no rent when the law says that you need to pay a certain portion of your income toward the rent.
The LACDA's ADA Coordinator will send you a written decision concerning the request for accommodation or reasonable modification within 30 business days of receiving the request. If you disagree with the decision concerning a request for accommodation or modification, you may request a grievance hearing by responding in writing within 10 calendar days of the decision. You must describe in detail why you believe the decision regarding your request for an accommodation or modification is not correct. If no response is received, the LACDA will presume that you are in agreement with the decision.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time.
Section 8 Program - Please complete the Reasonable Accommodations Request Form and send it to the LACDA.Public Housing Program - Please complete Request for Reasonable Accommodation Modification Form the Medical Certification Transfer Form and send it to the LACDA.