LA falsely claimed taxpayer funds for disability housing: HUD

Agency says officials failed to provide proper oversight of developers who constructed low-income units with federal funds

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Apr.April 04, 2019 12:00 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson (Credit: Getty Images and Wikipedia)

Los Angeles has accepted millions of dollars in federal funds by falsely claiming it developed adequate housing for people with disabilities though it failed to do so.

That’s the charge the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs has levied, the Los Angeles Times reported. The federal agency accused the city’s housing program of discriminating against people with disabilities, and said local officials failed to provide proper oversight of the developers who constructed low-income units with federal funds, according to the report. HUD Secretary Ben Carson found several instances where living space and amenities were not safely accessible to wheelchair users, and did not comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Investigators also found “widespread” incidents of people without disabilities living in units that were designated as wheelchair accessible and financed with federal money. They additionally discovered grab bars placed at incorrect locations and doorways that are not wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

Two years ago, the Department of Justice alleged that L.A. committed fraud by asserting homes built with federal funds were fully accessible to renters with disabilities. On Monday, HUD noted that investigators went to 16 developments that were federally funded and found zero units that complied with requirements.

The city has since been unwilling to address the violations, the letter continued. A representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti disputed that claim, and argued the city has spent years working to come to an agreement with HUD.

In 2016, L.A. reached a $200-million settlement with three other nonprofit groups over the same issue. [LAT]Gregory Cornfield


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: Gavin Newsom and David Chiu (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Will rent control dent the multifamily market? Lenders, investors weigh in

Developer Pinyon Group’s 486-unit project would sit two blocks away from the Heritage Square Gold Line.

Developers of massive Lincoln Heights resi project change tack to collect city incentives

Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Nancy Skinner (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Developers rejoice: Newest state law aims to boost housing production

LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and Jade Enterprises’ Sapphire development (credit: Scott L on Flickr)

Westlake abandoned its affordable housing requirements a decade ago. Things have changed

LA City Controller Ron Galperin and a groundbreaking ceremony for the first development funded by Prop HHH in December 2017 (credit: Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti)

Market-rate condos for the homeless? It costs just as much under LA bond program

Californians are considering a move out of state because of the cost of housing (Credit: iStock)

Movin’ on out: High cost of housing has Californians considering exit plan

Governor Gavin Newsom and a rendering of Enlightenment Plaza

Affordable developer’s first project will be a big one in Rampart Village

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Airbnb — yes Airbnb — says it wants to fix California’s affordable housing crisis

arrow_forward_ios