As featured in DRC's newsletter this week...
Disability Rights California and disability groups obtain 4,250 accessible, affordable housing units
We work to make sure people with disabilities can live wherever they choose. Our Civil Rights Practice Group advocates for increasing the stock of affordable and accessible housing through complex litigation and systemic advocacy.
In 2012, Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley (FHCSFV), and Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF) joined for a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the former Community Redevelopment Agency for the city of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) to improve accessibility of affordable housing for people with disabilities. Disability Rights California (DRC) and their co-counsel Relman, Dane, and Colfax; Disability Rights Legal Center; and the Law Offices of David Geffen filed the suit on behalf of the three advocacy groups.
Accessible housing features can include grab bars in bathrooms; doors designed to allow passage of wheelchairs; lower placement of kitchen counters; and visual alarms and tactile controls for people with hearing or vision impairments.
“For the first time, a city with millions of persons with disabilities, advocates, independent living centers and fair housing, held hands together to yell ‘This is enough,’” said Norma Jean Vescovo, former executive director of ILCSC.
*Read more here: https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/stories/disability-rights-california-and-disability-groups-obtain-4250-accessible-affordable