Access Services

Accessibility Newsletter

The Whittier Accessibility Committee published a newsletter with information on Committee activities and other information of interest to those with disabilities. To read the Spring 2010 Newsletter, please click here.

Accessibility Concerns

To comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the City of Whittier has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the U.S. Department of Justice regulations implementing Title II of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please click here to see the policy and related “Grievance Form” to be completed and sent to the City’s Accessibility Coordinator, Director of Community Services, at 13230 Penn Street, Whittier, CA 90602. Please contact the Director’s office at (562) 567-9460 if you have questions.

Whittier Accessibility Committee

The City of Whittier Accessibility Committee is a seven-member volunteer committee which serves as an advisory body under the Social Services Commission. The Accessibility Committee studies access issues and recommends access improvements to assist those with disabilities in the community. Accessibility Committee meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street. In addition, there are various subcommittees and tasak forces targeting specific accessibility issues. Those interested in helping to make Whittier a barrier-free community may call Martin Browne, Accessibility Coordinator, at (562) 567-9480 for further information.

Whittier Accessibility Committee Seeks Membership Application

Applications are being sought for membership on the City of Whittier Accessibility Committee.  This seven-member Committee is an advisory body under the Social Services Commission which studies access issues and recommends access improvements to assist those with disabilities in the community.

Applicants must be registered voters residing in the City of Whittier or must work for an agency that serves persons with disabilities and is based within the Whittier City limits, and should have experience with one or more types of disabilities.  Meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Uptown Senior Center.  In addition, there are various subcommittees and task forces targeting specific accessibility issues.

Those interested in helping to make Whittier a barrier-free community may contact Martin Browne, Transit Manager/Accessibility Coordinator, at 562-567-9480 or mbrowne@cityofwhittier.org for an application or further information.

Home Rehab Program Benefits Those With Disabilities

The Whittier Accessibility Committee urges low-income residents who need modifications to their homes due to a physical impairment or disability to consider applying for a Home Modification Grant. The Home Modification Grant Program is an excellent way for low-income residents to obtain such improvements as accessibility ramps, widened doorways, grab bars, handrails and other similar items. This program also serves low-income seniors who need these types of improvements for physical disability or frailty brought upon from age.

The program is funded by the City of Whittier Community Development Department, providing grants of up to $4,000 for the improvements. Modifications are done by Southern California Rehabilitation Services (SCRS), which provides all of the labor and materials. Applicants for the modification grants must be owners of a single-family residence within the City of Whittier, including condominiums and townhomes. Renters may also be eligible to participate in the program, with the written permission of the landlord. All applicants must be low-income and meet ALL program eligibility requirements in order to participate in the program. Applications and further information may be obtained from SCRS at (562) 862-6531, ext. 124 Bus.

A second City program available is the Home Improvement Loan Program. It may assist with more extensive and substantial repairs and improvements, such as lowering counters and light switches, as well as general repairs to improve and preserve the quality of the home. This Home Improvement Loan Program provides low or no-interest loans to low-income owner-occupied homeowners. The loans range from $2,500 to $35,000 with a 0-3% interest-bearing loan and terms varying from 5, 10 or 15 years or until the property is sold. In addition to accessibility improvements, the Home Improvement Loan program may be used for such repairs and improvements as lead-based paint testing and hazard reduction, electrical, heating, plumbing, roofing, stucco application, exterior and interior painting, windows, insulation, concrete driveway, kitchen, bathroom and flooring repairs and/or replacement. Applications and further information on the Home Improvement Loan Program may be obtained by calling the Community Development Department at (562) 567-9320.