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Public Housing

ACS has vast experience with Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in meeting all their accessibility requirements. We have provided accessibility consulting to some on the largest PHAs in the country and assisted them in meeting their ADA/UFAS Title II, §504, Civil Rights Act, Fair Housing Act requirements as well as the requirements of any VCA entered into with US-HUD. Pursuant to these VCAs, we have been approved by US-HUD as independent third party accessibility consultants to provide Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) consultation and certification services. These projects involve many phases including: a needs assessment, an assessment of the current public housing stock, and the inspection, design, modification, construction and monitoring of units, buildings, and public areas to make them fully accessible.

Through our field inspections, assessments and reports we provide cost effective measures to help PHAs comply with the federal accessibility laws effecting public housing, new construction, existing public housing developments, and other PHA assisted housing programs. We also assist PHAs reach their goals to ensure equal opportunities in housing and affirmatively further fair housing policies. We help PHAs provide a suitable living environment for families living in assisted housing, regardless of disability, and help to afford persons with disabilities equal opportunity in housing and non-housing programs, services and activities. We do this by providing reasonable barrier removal solutions, instituting effective communication policies and making alterations for accommodations according to individual disabled tenants' needs. This is a product of many years working hand-in-hand with PHAs and other public entities in satisfying their ADA needs, as well as our past interactions with the Department of Justice, US-HUD and the Access Board regarding these issues.

If you would like further information regarding our services or would like to find out how we can assist you please call Richard Londono Toll Free at 888-768-7788 ext 323 or email request to

Regulations and Enforcement Overview:

The Department of Justice and US-HUD enforces laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age in programs that receive federal financial assistance. These laws include: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and §504 of the Rehabilitation Act. §504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title II prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services, and activities provided or made available by PHA‚. The Architectural Barriers Act requires that buildings and facilities designed, constructed, altered, or leased with certain federal funds after September 1969 must be accessible to and useable by handicapped persons. Executive Order 13217 requires federal agencies to evaluate their policies and programs to determine if any can be revised or modified to improve the availability of community-based living arrangements for persons with disabilities. In addition, individuals with disabilities may file a complaint with the Department of Justice, US-HUD, and the Attorney General, and may file private lawsuits against PHAs. To enforce these laws, US-HUD has filed lawsuits and entered into Voluntary Compliance Agreements (VCAs) with numerous PHAs in over 50 states, resulting in millions of dollars in imposed and non budgeted ADA remediations, fines and attorneys fees and costs, all as a result of not having a UFAS transition plan.

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