Reasonable Accommodations

Definition of a Reasonable Accommodation
A person with a disability may require special accommodations in order to have equal access to the programs offered by the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake (HACSL).  The types of reasonable accommodations the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake (HACSL) can provide include changes, exceptions, or adjustments to a rule, policy, practice, or service.

Federal regulations stipulate that requests for accommodations will be considered reasonable if they do not create an “undue financial and administrative burden” for the agency, or result in a “fundamental alteration” in the nature of the program or service offered. A fundamental alteration is a modification that alters the essential nature of a provider’s operations.

Clientele Who Can Qualify for a Reasonable Accommodation
It is the HACSL policy to provide a reasonable accommodation in housing for applicants, public housing residents, supportive housing clients and Section 8 clients with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for HACSL services. This policy is furtherance of HACSL’s goal to provide and develop quality affordable housing opportunities for people regardless of disability and in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law.

A person with a disability is one who has:

  • a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for one’s self, doing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning and working;
  • has record of such an impairment; or
  • is regarded of having such impartment.

 

Examples of a Reasonable Accommodation include:

  • Permitting applications and re-examinations by mail.
  • Conducting home visits.
  • Using higher payment standards (either within the acceptable range or with HUD approval of a payment standard outside the range) if the HACSL determines this is necessary to enable a person with disabilities to obtain a suitable housing unit.
  • Providing time extensions for locating a unit when necessary because of lack of availability of accessible units or special challenges of the family in seeking a unit.
  • Permitting an authorized designee or advocate to participate in the application or certification process and any other meetings with staff.
  • Request for a live-in aide. (Written verification will be required from a reliable, knowledgeable professional)
  • A family with a disability may need a unit that is larger than Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake’s permitted occupancy standards.
  •  A reasonable accommodation may also include provision of an appropriate auxiliary aid where such assistance is necessary to enable effective communication between the applicant, public housing resident, Section 8 client and HACSL staff.

Notice of Availability of Alternative Forms of Communication
If you have a disability and require an alternate form of communication including but not limited to, sign-language interpreter or assistance completing forms, you may make a request at any time during the application process or after admission. Requests for a Reasonable Accommodation Form may be provided in alternative formats upon request.

Request a Reasonable Accommodation
The Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake will encourage the family to make its request in writing using a Request for a Reasonable Accommodation Form. However, the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake will consider the accommodation any time the family indicates that an accommodation is needed whether or not a formal written request is submitted. Additional documentation may be requested to support the accommodation.

All requests for reasonable accommodation go to the Fair Housing Coordinator, Courtney Jackson. If you or anyone in your family is a person with a disability, and you require a specific accommodation in order to fully utilize our programs and services, please contact Courtney Jackson at (801) 284-4421 or TTD at (801) 284-4407. You may obtain a Request for a Reasonable Accommodation form at:

3595 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Phone: 801-284-4421 TTD: 801-284-4407

Email: cjackson@hacsl.org

You may also request that the form be sent to you by contacting your Eligibility Specialist, Property Manager, Supportive Housing Specialist, Section 8 Specialist, or by downloading one at www.hacsl.org/about/policies.

FORMS FOR:

Reasonable Accommodations for Live in aide or extra Bedroom General Reasonable Accommodation (other than a live in aide or extra bedroom.)
Alternative  Communication forms