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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits federally funded
programs and activities from discriminating against qualified
persons with disabilities.
When the U.S. Housing Act of 1973 was enacted, persons with disabilities were expected
to live institutionalized, in nursing homes, boarding houses or with family.
Times have changed since then and the civil rights laws as Section 504 and the Fair
Housing Amendments Act have been enacted so that discrimination does not occur and
persons with disabilities can have the same opportunities to live in their own chosen
"Reasonable accommodations" are changes that the JCHA can make to a resident unit,
to common areas or to procedures or rules, where the eligible person with a disability
may be assisted and benefit from equal opportunity housing without imposing undue
administrative or financial hardship to the JCHA.
As a federally funded organization, the JCHA cannot discriminate and must review
and modify, to a degree, any request made by persons with disabilities to make sure
that they are in compliance with the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act. The policy
of the JCHA is to provide affordable housing to low income persons regardless of
disability and making sure it has complied with federal, state and local law.
The JCHA's goal is to provide, to the extent feasible, reasonable accommodations
as well as accessibility to any resident with a disability, without any discrimination
in regards to race or color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or