Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to spend an average of at least $20 million annually for 10 years to rehabilitate or build housing accessible to the disabled to settle a 2012 lawsuit.

The settlement resolves a suit filed by several disability advocacy groups, including the Independent Living Center of Southern California, that alleged the city’s redevelopment agency provided federal dollars for housing projects that were not accessible to the disabled.

Under the settlement — which was approved on a 12-0 vote — the city will be required to spend at least $200 million over a 10-year term, and add 4,000 new or rehabilitated accessible units.

The city has also agreed to pay up to $20 million in attorneys’ fees, the exact amount of which still needs to determined. The agreement also requires the city to pay $4.5 million in damages to plaintiffs and up to $1 million for court costs.

Other terms include creating a monitoring and inspections process that adheres to disability accessibility regulations; making a list of accessible apartments in the city available online; and training property owners on their responsibilities to make their units accessible.

–City News Service 

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