In 2012, Plaintiffs — three civil rights organizations — filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, California alleging that the City and its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and California state law by failing to ensure that multifamily housing funded, developed, or significantly assisted by the City or CRA is accessible and made meaningfully available to people with disabilities.
The parties reached a comprehensive settlement in 2017.
In July 2018, the Court appointed CREEC Senior Counsel Bill Lann Lee as the Settlement Monitor. Mr. Lee, in turn, hired CREEC to assist with monitoring activities. The monitoring team is working to ensure that the City and CRA comply with all settlement obligations in order to significantly enhance the accessibility of multifamily housing in Los Angeles, the availability of fair and accessible housing for individuals with a variety of disabilities, including mobility, visual and hearing disabilities, and the accessibility of the City’s housing programs.