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How The Young Decision Affects Accessible Public Housing In D.C.

You must get on the public housing &/or section 8 housing list maintained by dc housing authority in order to get public housing in D.C. to do so,

Background of Lawsuit:

In March 2001, University Legal Services (ULS-P&A) filed a class action lawsuit against the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) on behalf of Capital Area ADAPT and all disabled people with mobility impairments (including people who must use wheelchairs or other equipment to move around) who are eligible for accessible public housing.

The case was amended to add people with visual impairments (such as blindness) who need assistance in the Section 8 Program (for discounted rents in private buildings).  If you qualify for DC public housing and need accessible housing, you are automatically covered by this court order.

Summary of Settlement/Court Order:

In March 2002, the DC Housing Authority signed a Consent Order which requires the Housing Authority to:

For more information, please contact: Marjorie Rifkin, Esq., University Legal Services - P&A, 220 I St NE #130, Washington, DC 20002 (202) 547-0198 ext.112 email:

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