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Accessible Public Housing Units, VCAs and HUD. Information Bulletin # 111 (5/0

Date Mailed: Thursday, May 18th 2006 09:47 AM
Category: Housing


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Accessible Public Housing Units, VCAs  and HUD.  Information Bulletin # 111 
(5/06)        
Since 2000, HUD has inspected many local housing authorities for 
accessibility compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  In many of these,  
HUD found violations, sent Letters of Findings, and then entered "Voluntary 
Compliance Agreements" (VCAs) in which the local housing authorities agreed to 
make specific numbers of housing units accessible by specific dates. 

What follows is the list of H As that have entered VCAs with HUD.  

Disability advocates in the listed locales should obtain a copy of both the 
Letters of Findings and the VCA (either from your HA or the regional HUD office 
under which the VCA was entered). You should check whether or not the HA has 
complied with the VCA. If the VCA required a specific number of units, ask 
your HA for the addresses so you could visually determine if they really were 
made accessible and if persons who require the accessible units are actually 
residing in them.

In order to locate accessible, affordable public housing, local disability 
advocates must ensure full compliance with the VCA.   

If your local HA is not listed, you should telephone your regional HUD 
Office, ask for the Fair Housing official,  and find out whether or not a Section 
504 compliance review occurred recently?  If you believe your HA is not 
compliance with the "5%-2%" accessibility requirement, ask your regional HUD to 
undertake such a review.  They are supposed to make "a prompt investigation whenever 
a complaint or any other information indicates a possible failure to comply" 
with Section 504.

Here are the local Housing Authorities which entere VCAs with HUD since 2000:

New England - Boston HUD Region I :
The Worcester Housing Authority
Lynn Housing Authority
The Farmingham Housing Authority
Middletown Housing Authority
North Providence Housing Authority
The Northampton Housing Authority
The Wayland Housing Authority
Brunswick Housing Authority
The Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Coventry Housing Authority
East Hartford Estates
Cumberland Housing Authority 
Waterville Housing Authority
The Waltham Housing Authority
West Haven Housing Authority
East Providence Housing Authority
The Boston Housing Authority 
Milhaus Associates

New York/New Jersey - New York HUD Region 2 
The Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority
the City of Syracuse Community Development
The Utica Municipal Housing Authority
The Batavia Housing Authority
The Edgewater Housing Authority
The Pennsauken Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of New Brunswick
Red Bank Housing Authority
Montclair Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the Township of Woodbridge
Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeton
Highland Park Housing Authority
Long Beach Housing Authority
Associated Blind Development Corp.
Port Chester Housing Authority
Greenpoint Apartments
The Glen Falls Housing Authority

Mid-Atlantic - Philadelphia HUD Region 3
The District of Columbia Housing Authority
Lehigh County Housing Authority
Charleston Housing Authority
Housing Authority of the City of Erie, PA
Housing Authority of Wicomico County
Bishop's Garth Apartments
Newark Housing Authority
Harry & Jeanette Weinber Terrace Apartments
Housing Authority of Armstrong County

Southeast- Atlanta HUD Region 4
We were told that there were "No finalized VCAs."  Disability advocates in 
this region should telephone their regional HUD office and ask for the Fair 
Housing Enforcement Office to find out when their VCAs will be finalized.

Midwest - Chicago HUD Region 5
Kankakee County Housing Authority
Hamtramck Housing Authority
DuPage Housing Authority
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Illinois Housing Auth/Morningside Court
O'Konski Manor

Southwest - Fort Worth HUD Region 6
Lonoke County Housing Authority
Houma Housing Authority
Santa Fe Civic Housing authority
Mountain View Apartments
Fort Smith Housing Authority 
The City of Las Cruces Housing Authority
East Baton Rouge Housing Authority
Hot Springs Public Housing Authority
Oak Forest Heights Apartments
Housing Authority of the City of Lubbock
Coastal Haven Apartments
Christopher Homes of North Little Rock
Albuquerque Housing Services
Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa

Great Plains - Kansas City HUD Region 7
We were told that there are "No open VCAs."  We do not understand what this 
means and disability advocates in this region should meet with your HUD 
regional director.  It's hard to imagine that all of the HA s have fully complied 
with the "5% -2%" requirements. " 
If advocates in this region know that their HA s have not complied with the 
"5%-2%" accessibility rule, you should telephone your regional HUD office and 
ask for the Fair Housing Enforcement Office to find out why no VCAs were 
entered.  Were Section 504 Compliance reviews even done?  

Rocky Mountains - Denver Region 8
Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake
Sakura Square Apartments
Dignity Apartments
Sunset Park Apartments

Pacific/Hawaii - San Francisco Region 9
City of Richmond's Housing Authority
County of Sacramento Housing Authority
City of Vacaville
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Housing Authority of the City of Calexico
City of Lakewood
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Northwest/Alaska - Seattle Region 10
The City of Beaverton
Eastern Idaho Special Services Agency
The City of Eugene
The Housing Authority of Portland
The Housing Authority of the City of Nampa
Parkside Partners and Allie Group
Housing Authority of the City of Salem
Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Auth.
City of Springfield
The Washington County Dept. of Housing Svcs.

Headquarters
District of Columbia Housing Authority
The Puerto Rico Public Housing Authority
Las Vegas Housing Authority
Miami-Dade Housing Authority


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Back issues of other Information Bulletins are available online at 
http://www.stevegoldada.com 
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Since 2000, HUD has inspected many local housing authorities for accessibili=
ty compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.&nbsp; In many of t=
hese,&nbsp; HUD found violations, sent Letters of Findings, and then entered=
 "Voluntary Compliance Agreements" (VCAs) in which the local housing authori=
ties agreed to make specific numbers of housing units accessible by specific=
 dates. <BR>
<BR>
What follows is the list of H As that have entered VCAs with HUD.&nbsp; <BR>
<BR>
Disability advocates in the listed locales should obtain a copy of both the=20=
Letters of Findings and the VCA (either from your HA or the regional HUD off=
ice under which the VCA was entered). You should check whether or not the HA=
 has complied with the VCA. If the VCA required a specific number of units,=20=
ask your HA for the addresses so you could visually determine if they really=
 were made accessible and if persons who require the accessible units are ac=
tually residing in them.<BR>
<BR>
In order to locate accessible, affordable public housing, local disability a=
dvocates must ensure full compliance with the VCA.&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>
<BR>
If your local HA is not listed, you should telephone your regional HUD Offic=
e, ask for the Fair Housing official,&nbsp; and find out whether or not a Se=
ction 504 compliance review occurred recently?&nbsp; If you believe your HA=20=
is not compliance with the "5%-2%" accessibility requirement, ask your regio=
nal HUD to undertake such a review.&nbsp; They are supposed to make "a promp=
t investigation whenever a complaint or any other information indicates a po=
ssible failure to comply" with Section 504.<BR>
<BR>
Here are the local Housing Authorities which entere VCAs with HUD since 2000=
:<BR>
<BR>
New England - Boston HUD Region I :<BR>
The Worcester Housing Authority<BR>
Lynn Housing Authority<BR>
The Farmingham Housing Authority<BR>
Middletown Housing Authority<BR>
North Providence Housing Authority<BR>
The Northampton Housing Authority<BR>
The Wayland Housing Authority<BR>
Brunswick Housing Authority<BR>
The Manchester Housing &amp; Redevelopment Authority<BR>
Coventry Housing Authority<BR>
East Hartford Estates<BR>
Cumberland Housing Authority <BR>
Waterville Housing Authority<BR>
The Waltham Housing Authority<BR>
West Haven Housing Authority<BR>
East Providence Housing Authority<BR>
The Boston Housing Authority <BR>
Milhaus Associates<BR>
<BR>
New York/New Jersey - New York HUD Region 2 <BR>
The Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority<BR>
the City of Syracuse Community Development<BR>
The Utica Municipal Housing Authority<BR>
The Batavia Housing Authority<BR>
The Edgewater Housing Authority<BR>
The Pennsauken Housing Authority<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of New Brunswick<BR>
Red Bank Housing Authority<BR>
Montclair Housing Authority<BR>
Housing Authority of the Township of Woodbridge<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeton<BR>
Highland Park Housing Authority<BR>
Long Beach Housing Authority<BR>
Associated Blind Development Corp.<BR>
Port Chester Housing Authority<BR>
Greenpoint Apartments<BR>
The Glen Falls Housing Authority<BR>
<BR>
Mid-Atlantic - Philadelphia HUD Region 3<BR>
The District of Columbia Housing Authority<BR>
Lehigh County Housing Authority<BR>
Charleston Housing Authority<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Erie, PA<BR>
Housing Authority of Wicomico County<BR>
Bishop's Garth Apartments<BR>
Newark Housing Authority<BR>
Harry &amp; Jeanette Weinber Terrace Apartments<BR>
Housing Authority of Armstrong County<BR>
<BR>
Southeast- Atlanta HUD Region 4<BR>
We were told that there were "No finalized VCAs."&nbsp; Disability advocates=
 in this region should telephone their regional HUD office and ask for the F=
air Housing Enforcement Office to find out when their VCAs will be finalized=
.<BR>
<BR>
Midwest - Chicago HUD Region 5<BR>
Kankakee County Housing Authority<BR>
Hamtramck Housing Authority<BR>
DuPage Housing Authority<BR>
Illinois Housing Development Authority<BR>
Illinois Housing Auth/Morningside Court<BR>
O'Konski Manor<BR>
<BR>
Southwest - Fort Worth HUD Region 6<BR>
Lonoke County Housing Authority<BR>
Houma Housing Authority<BR>
Santa Fe Civic Housing authority<BR>
Mountain View Apartments<BR>
Fort Smith Housing Authority <BR>
The City of Las Cruces Housing Authority<BR>
East Baton Rouge Housing Authority<BR>
Hot Springs Public Housing Authority<BR>
Oak Forest Heights Apartments<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Lubbock<BR>
Coastal Haven Apartments<BR>
Christopher Homes of North Little Rock<BR>
Albuquerque Housing Services<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa<BR>
<BR>
Great Plains - Kansas City HUD Region 7<BR>
We were told that there are "No open VCAs."&nbsp; We do not understand what=20=
this means and disability advocates in this region should meet with your HUD=
 regional director.&nbsp; It's hard to imagine that all of the HA s have ful=
ly complied with the "5% -2%" requirements. " <BR>
If advocates in this region know that their HA s have not complied with the=20=
"5%-2%" accessibility rule, you should telephone your regional HUD office an=
d ask for the Fair Housing Enforcement Office to find out why no VCAs were e=
ntered.&nbsp; Were Section 504 Compliance reviews even done?&nbsp; <BR>
<BR>
Rocky Mountains - Denver Region 8<BR>
Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake<BR>
Sakura Square Apartments<BR>
Dignity Apartments<BR>
Sunset Park Apartments<BR>
<BR>
Pacific/Hawaii - San Francisco Region 9<BR>
City of Richmond's Housing Authority<BR>
County of Sacramento Housing Authority<BR>
City of Vacaville<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Calexico<BR>
City of Lakewood<BR>
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo<BR>
<BR>
Northwest/Alaska - Seattle Region 10<BR>
The City of Beaverton<BR>
Eastern Idaho Special Services Agency<BR>
The City of Eugene<BR>
The Housing Authority of Portland<BR>
The Housing Authority of the City of Nampa<BR>
Parkside Partners and Allie Group<BR>
Housing Authority of the City of Salem<BR>
Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Auth.<BR>
City of Springfield<BR>
The Washington County Dept. of Housing Svcs.<BR>
<BR>
Headquarters<BR>
District of Columbia Housing Authority<BR>
The Puerto Rico Public Housing Authority<BR>
Las Vegas Housing Authority<BR>
Miami-Dade Housing Authority<BR>
<BR>
<BR>
Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues<BR>
<BR>
Back issues of other Information Bulletins are available online at http://ww=
w.stevegoldada.com <BR>
with a searchable Archive at this site divided into different subjects.&nbsp=
; To contact Steve Gold directly, write to stevegoldada@cs.com     <BR>
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