Housing Rights Center Accessibility Statement
(Rehabilitation Act Section 504 Policy)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law, codified at 29 U.S.C. § 794, that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in federally-assisted programs or activities. Specifically, Section 504 states: No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States... shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, service or activity receiving federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service. This means that Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity that receives financial assistance from any federal agency, including HUD as well as in programs conducted by federal agencies including HUD. Persons with disabilities, persons associated with persons with disabilities, and other persons engaged in certain protected activities under the law.
An individual with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The term physical or mental impairment may include, but is not limited to, conditions such as visual or hearing impairment, mobility impairment, HIV infection, developmental disabilities, drug addiction, or mental illness. In general, the definition of "person with disabilities" does not include current users of illegal controlled substances. However, individuals would be protected under Section 504 (as well as the ADA) if a purpose of the specific program or activity is to provide health or rehabilitation services to such individuals. The term major life activity may include, for example, seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for one's self, learning, speaking, or working. This list is not exhaustive. Section 504 also protects persons who have a record of such impairment, or are regarded as having such an impairment.
Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. This means, for example, that persons with disabilities may not be denied the opportunity to participate in a program or activity because of their disability; may not be required to accept a different kind or lesser program or service than what is provided to others without disabilities, and may not be required to participate in separate programs and services from those available to persons without disabilities, even if separate programs and services exist.
As the Southern California Housing Rights Center is a non-profit fair housing services provider that receives federal financial assistance, it adopts and implements the following policy:
It is the policy of the Housing Rights Center to abide by terms of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which include but may not be limited to:
Not discriminate on the basis of disability in the provision of services or employment opportunities;
Not deny persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate at all or require participation in a program of a different or lesser kind or where the programs and services are separate.
Provide necessary reasonable accommodations to employees and clients/visitors as requested.
The Section 504 Coordinator will receive Section 504 complaints and requests and will document them in a log. If you would like to ask questions or file a complaint, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator:
Section 504 Coordinator
Housing Rights Center
3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 900I 0
(213) 387-8400, ext. 1000
Or, submit your question or complaint using the form below:
Accessibility on HousingRightsCenter.org
The Housing Rights Center (HRC) strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities. HRC has invested resources to help ensure that its website is easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort and independence.
The HousingRightsCenter.org accessibility menu can be enabled either by hitting the Tab key when the page first loads, or by clicking the accessibility menu icon that appears in the top right corner of the page. After triggering the accessibility menu, please wait a moment for the accessibility menu to load in its entirety.
HousingRightsCenter.org makes use of the UserWay Website Accessibility Widget, which is powered by a dedicated accessibility server. The software allows www.HousingRightsCenter.org to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).
HRC continues its efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of its site and services in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to allow seamless, accessible and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities. In an ongoing effort to continually improve and remediate accessibility issues, we also regularly scan HousingRightsCenter.org with UserWay's Accessibility Scanner to identify and fix possible accessibility barriers on our site.
Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on HousingRightsCenter.org fully accessible, some content may not have yet been fully adapted to the strictest accessibility standards. This may be a result of not having found or identified the most appropriate technological solution. However, we are always happy to assist you with your needs if you contact us using the channels above.