Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) non-compliance is a significant exposure to members, and the Authority continues to see claims arising from accessibility issues. Through a new ADA loan program approved by the Executive Committee, the Authority will be making available short-term matching loans to help members remove physical barriers inherent in non-compliance. The loans are intended as seed money to jump start needed improvements, and will provide some relief for members where such funding has been severely limited in the past.
Over each of the next five years, the Authority will utilize an application process to determine loan recipients. The total amount of annual available funding is $1,000,000, and will be awarded amongst applicants on a competitive basis. For 2016, applications will be accepted online beginning January 27th and ending April 28th. Specific instructions and detailed loan requirements and conditions will be posted in January. Interested members are encouraged to obtain a completed ADA transition plan and to be identifying associated capital improvements for inclusion in their FY 2016-17 budget.