701 Atlantic Avenue  -  Alameda, California  94501-2161  -  TEL:  (510) 747-4300  -  FAX:  (510) 522-7848  -  TDD:  711
 
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
 
Federal laws require PHAs to treat all applicants and participants equally, providing the same quality of service, regardless of family characteristics and background. Federal law prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, familial status, and disability. The AHA will comply fully with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, and with rules and regulations governing fair housing and equal opportunity in housing and employment.  Notices or concerns about this issue can be brought to the attention of any staff member.  The AHA’s designated Section 504 Coordinator is Tonya Schuler-Cummins. 
 
ECHO Housing is the local non-profit fair housing resource center, which can be reached at 1-800-922-ECHO.  Other resources include HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
 
Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
One type of disability discrimination prohibited by the Fair Housing Act is the refusal to make reasonable accommodation in rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodation may be necessary to afford a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a program or dwelling under the program. The types of reasonable accommodations the AHA can provide include changes, exceptions, or adjustments to a rule, policy, practice, or service.
If you or anyone in your family is a person with disabilities, and you require a specific accommodation in order to fully utilize our programs and services, please contact the housing authority.
You may contact any staff member to begin this process.  For participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, reasonable accommodation requests are reviewed by a staff committee and retained in controlled-access files.  General questions or inquiries can be directed to reasonable accomodations staff at (510) 747-4326 or [email protected] 
Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency
Language for Limited English Proficiency Persons (LEP) can be a barrier to accessing important benefits or services.  The AHA will take affirmative steps to communicate with people who need services or information in a language other than English. Please let us know if oral interpretation or written translation is necessary for you to understand and exercise your rights, comply with applicable responsibilities, or understand other information provided by our programs.
 
Notification of Rights Under Violence Against Women Act 2013 (VAWA)
 
Under VAWA, Public Housing Authorities are required to notify applicants and program participants that if they are otherwise eligible, the fact they he or she is or has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault (as these terms are defined in VAWA) is not an appropriate basis for denial of admission or program assistance.  Information provided relating to this matter will be retained in confidence.  If you are an applicant or participant and have questions regarding these important protections, please contact the AHA, Executive Director, Vanessa Cooper, at (510) 747-4325.