Earned Income Tax Credit. This is a tax credit paid to a working family earning just the minimum wage. It is available statewide.67
Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Congress created the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) to compensate for the high costs of constructing and rehabilitating apartments that lead to rent rates set higher than low income families can afford. Nationwide, the LIHTC leverages about $7 billion in investment each year to produce approximately 75,000 apartments that rent at prices affordable to low income families and the elderly. All apartments are dedicated at restricted rates for 30 years or more to families who earn 60 percent or less of area median income. Currently, 59 percent are dedicated for periods longer than 30 years, and one in six is permanently dedicated to low income use. Both federal and state programs are administered by the California Mortgage Bond and Tax Credit Allocation Commission.68
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare-To-Work Credit. The Ticket To Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 authorizes this tax credit, and the California Employment Development Department certifies employers for the same credit. This program offers and employer tax credit of up to $8,500 to employers who promote hiring for certain target groups (such as Food Stamp recipients aged 18-24, VR referrals, etc.). This program is available statewide, and benefits low-income individuals.69
|Policies and Programs Available in Los Angeles for People with Disabilities|
|Organization||Contact Information||Web Site||Program/Services||Target Group||Target Area|
|Private and Non-Profit Programs|
|American Civil Liberties Union||1616 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90026
|www.aclu-sc.org||Advocate for individual rights and equal justice and to extend constitutional rights to groups that have been traditionally denied to them. Also works for change through public education, community activism, public policy analysis, and governmental lobbying.||People with disabilities who require legal assistance in areas dealing with constitutional protections||Los Angeles area|
|Asthma Allergy Foundation of America, Southern California Chapter||5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90036
|www.aafasocal.com||Children suffer most from asthma. Our free camp, sport clinics and treatment programs in schools help these asthmatic children lead normal, active lives.||Individuals with asthma and allergic diseases||Southern California|
|California State University, NorthridgeCenter on Disabilities||1811 Nordhoff St.
|www.csun.edu||Provides educational support services to students with disabilities; holds an annual conference, "Technology and Persons with Disabilities; directs an "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program," which teaches professionals in the field how to use technology on behalf of disabled people.||Students with disabilities||Not limited to a target area|
|Canine Companion Services||P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, 95402
|www.caninecompanions.org||Provides highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. CCI graduates pay only a $100 Team Training registration fee that is reimbursed in supplies. There is no charge for the dog. People with physical or developmental disabilities who can demonstrate that a Canine Companion will enhance their independence or their quality of life are eligible to apply. Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who could benefit from interaction with a facility dog.||People with disabilities||Not limited to a target area|
|Casa Colina Rehabilitation Services||255 E. Bonita Ave.
PO Box 6001
|www.casacolina.org||Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation constitutes a health care network providing medical rehabilitation, residential, return to work and community services. Participants mentioned children programs and outdoor adventure activities Casa Colina offered.||People with disabilities||Southern California|
|Crohn's And Colitis Foundation Of America||3731 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90010
|www.ccfa.org||Devotes contributions to scientific research, support services and education to benefit the thousands of California residents who suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.||Children and adults with Crohn's disease or colitis||Southern California|
|Disabled Student Center at Santa Monica College||1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, 90405
|www.smc.edu||Accessibility; adaptive equipment services; accommodations; resource information; advocacy, counseling, referral for diagnostic testing for learning disabilities, note takers, readers, special testing accommodations, support groups, scribes, and taping of textbooks.||Students with disabilities||West Los Angeles area|
|Jewish Big Brothers Association of Los Angeles||22622 Vanowen St.
West Hills, 91307
|www.jbbla.org||Big Brother program, including disabled children/similarly disabled Big Brothers matching; mentoring programs; parent and child counseling; interracial; nonsectarian camping experience||Boys and girls 6-18||Los Angeles area|
|Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter||1020 S. Arroyo Pkwy
|www.jdfcure.org||Research to save the lives of children and adults who suffer from diabetes and its devastating complications.||Individuals with diabetes||Los Angeles area|
|Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic (multiple locations)||3787 S. Vermont
Los Angeles, 90007
|www.lachild.org||Comprehensive treatment services for children with serious emotional and/or behavioral problems or who have been abused. Families/caregivers are integral part of treatment.||Children and their families||Los Angeles area|
|Lupus Foundation Of America, Southern California Chapter||17985 Sky Park Cir.
|www.lupusca.org||Patient-oriented organization helping people with lupus and their families by providing information, referral education, crisis intervention and support for lupus research.||People with lupus||Los Angeles area|
|Lutheran Social Services of Southern California||2424 S. Fremont Ave.
|www.lsssc.org||Multi-service agency providing counseling, emergency assistance, transitional housing, housing, brown bag programs and day programs for adults with development disabilities.||People with limited options||Southern California|
|March Of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation||3699 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90010
|www.ocmodimes.org/scc||Improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. This is accomplished through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.||Infants with disabilities; general public||Southern California|
|Muscular Dystrophy Association (multiple locations)||University of California, Los Angeles
300 UCLA Medical Plaza
|www.mdausa.org||Fighting 40 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, a nationwide network of clinics offering comprehensive medical services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.||All persons with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disorders, their families and their care/support providers||Southern California|
|Myasthenia Gravis Foundation||5675 Telegraph Rd.
Los Angeles, 90040
|www.myasthenia-ca.org||A voluntary health organization which informs patients about their neuromuscular disease, conducts medical education, provides clinic and drug bank services and supports medical research.||People with myesthenia gravis||Southern California|
|Southern California National Kidney Foundation of Southern California||5777 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90045
|www.kidneysocal.org||Dedicated to the treatment, prevention and cure of kidney/urologic disease. Provides patient services (including camp); public/professional education; research; promotes organ donation and transplantation.||Individuals with kidney and urinary tract diseases||Southern California|
|Rancho Los Amigos Hospital||7601 E. Imperial Hwy
|www.rancho.org||Licensed 436-bed facility which has achieved an international reputation over the last 40 years for its pioneering efforts in the rehabilitation of patients of all ages with severe disabilities, including victims of spinal cord injuries and strokes. The hospital maintains a close affiliation with the University of Southern California School of Medicine.||People with disabilities, especially people with spinal cord injury||Southern California|
|Western Law Center on Disability Rights (located on the campus of the Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University)||919 S. Albany St.
P.O. Box 15019
Los Angeles, 90015
|www.wlcdr.org||Disability mediation; learning rights project; cancer legal resource center; train-the-trainers workshop for disability rights advocates; disability rights roundtables; self-advocacy training for people with disabilities; outreach and education||Persons with all types of disabilities who require legal assistance||Southern California|
|Education, Training, and Rehabilitation|
|AbilityFirst (formerly Crippled Children's Society of L.A.)||2555 E. Colorado Blvd.
|www.abilityfirst.org||Programs in day care, therapeutic recreation, vocational training, sheltered workshops, resident camps, independent living apartments and information/referral.||Children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities||Los Angeles area|
|Activities for Retarded Children||6456 Whitsett Dr. N.
|Provides therapeutic recreation, socialization and adult education through Saturdays Camp, day care, residential camp, self advocacy, independent living and job skills training.||Children with mental retardation||Northern LA County, San Fernando Valley|
|Ahead With Horses Inc.||9311 Del Arroyo Dr.
Sun Valley, 91352
|Develops therapy through horses, enabling children to lead more independent and productive lives.||Multi-handicapped children||Los Angeles area|
|Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Greater Los Angeles Chapter||P.O. Box 565
Agoura Hills, 91376
|www.alsa.org/serving/ la_chapter.cfm||The greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Association is the only non-profit health organization fighting ALS through research, patient support, information and public awareness.||People with ALS and their families||Greater Los Angeles area|
|ARC Of Southeast Los Angeles County||12049 Woodruff Ave.
|www.arcselac.org||Serves 350 people with mental retardation every day and is committed to provide the opportunity to form and work toward goals through training and education.||People with mental retardation||Southeast Los Angeles County|
|Arthritis Foundation||4311 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90010
|www.arthritis.org||Employment and educational services, exercise and self-management programs, literature about living and coping with arthritis, and quality of life programs, including PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise), WET (Water Exercise Together), and self-management courses specific to arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.||Children and adults who have any form of arthritis||Los Angeles area|
|Boredom Is A Cop-Out (BIACO)||N. Garey Ave.
|Clubhouse for people with mental illness. Support groups and other support services, job training, job search and job placement assistance, information and referral||People with mental illness||Pomona area|
|Braille Institute of America||741 N. Vermont Ave.
|Provides educational and rehabilitation services, free of charge. Services include talking books and Braille library, with books and magazines on tape; Braille and large print books; closed circuit magnifier (CCTV) demonstrations; on-line access.||Legally blind persons of all ageas||Southern California|
|Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen-Los Angeles Affiliate||3527A N. Verdugo Rd.
|Breast cancer education, screening and treatment. Help stop the devastation now. Also hosts Komen Race for the Cure.||People with breast cancer and their families||Southern California|
|Build Regional Center||1323 Truman
|Employment services; vocational rehabilitation services; on the job training services; job preparation and assessment services.||People with disabilities||San Fernando Valley|
|Center for Independent Living, Westside||1290 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, 90066
|www.wcil.org||Advocacy; public benefits counseling; peer counseling; housing referrals; information and referral||Persons with significant disabilities||West Los Angeles area|
|Computer Access Center||6234 W. 87th St.
Los Angeles, 90045
|www.cac.org||CAC assists and supports people with disabilities to achieve productivity, success and independence by giving them easy access to information and experience about enabling technology.||Children and adults with disabilities||Los Angeles area|
|Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties||3600 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90036
|www.epilepsy-socalif.org||Information, education, referrals, camp, and support services for people affected by epilepsy, and epilepsy education for the general public.||Individuals affected by epilepsy||Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura Counties|
|Goodwill Industries of Southern California||342 San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, 90023
|www.lagoodwill.org||Helps to achieve self-sufficiency through employment, job training and placement, education, vocational rehabilitation, counseling, and other services||Disabled and disadvantaged people||Southern California|
|House Ear Institute||2100 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, 90057
|www.hei.org||Helps deaf and hearing impaired people, train surgeons worldwide to save and restore hearing, and pursue groundbreaking hearing and balance research.||Deaf and hearing impaired people, surgeons around the world||NA|
|Minority Aids Project||5149 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90016
|www.geocities.com/ Hollywood/9930/map.html||M.A.P. deals with the prevention of HIV through education, prevention, provides services to those affected, effected by HIV. Provides food pantry, clothing bank, section-8 vouchers.||Minority persons with AIDS||Los Angeles area|
|National Federation for the Blind||741 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, 90029
PH: (213)663-1111 x358
|www.nfb.org||Public education; information and referral; supplies, appliances and other adaptive equipment; job opportunities; scholarships; literature and publications about blindness; advocacy services; development and evaluation of technology. Support for blind persons.||Blind persons||In-person services provided at main office at Braille Institute|
|The Wellness Community||200 E. Del Mar
|www.thewellnesscommunity.org||Enhances health and well being by providing a professional program of support, education and hope.||People with cancer and their families||Southern California|
|Public In-Kind Support Services|
|ACCESS Services||725 Figueroa
Los Angeles, 90017
|Provides paratransit and transportation services for people with disabilities.||People with disabilities||Los Angeles area|
|AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHS)||6225 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90057
|Provides quality services and affordable healthcare services to all people who are HIV affected. Provides advocacy in support of people with HIV infection and all persons in need of healthcare.||People who are HIV affected||Los Angeles area|
|AIDS Project Los Angeles||1313 N. Vine St.
Los Angeles, 90028
|www.apla.org||Provides over 30 AIDS related services: case management, dental clinic, food bank, housing, mental health, legal and insurance counseling, buddy program and education.||People with AIDS||Los Angeles area|
|American Lung Association of Los Angeles County||5858 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90036
|www.lalung.org||Promotes community lung health through pediatric asthma services, adult respiratory support groups, smoking cessation, clean air education, tuberculosis testing/education. Provides literature/referrals; fund research.||People with lung disease||Los Angeles County|
|Asian American Drug Abuse Program||53181 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90043
|www.adpla.org||Provides substance abuse treatment through 24 hour residential program, day treatment program, outpatient counseling, and programs for youth and families.||Asian Americans with substance abuse problems||Los Angeles area|
|Burbank Center for the Retarded||230 Amherst
|A day activity program and extended day care.||Developmentally disabled/mentally retarded adults and school age children||Burbank|
|Children Affected by AIDS Foundation||6033 W. Centry Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90045
|www.caa4kids.com||Distributes funds for the provision of direct care/services.||Children infected with HIV or affected by AIDS due to illness/death of parent||Los Angeles area|
|Easter Seals of Southern California||2721 W. Valley Blvd.
|www.essc.org||Education, employment, housing, home care, recreation and transportation.||People with disabilities||Southern California|
|Five Acres, The Boys' and Girls' Aid Society of Los Angeles||760 W. Mountain View St.
|www.5acres.org||A therapeutic center for prevention and treatment of child abuse/neglect; residential programs for youth, family-based services, foster care, deaf services, non public school and parent education.||Children who have been abused||San Gabriel Valley|
|Foundation for the Junior Blind||5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90043
|www.fjb.org||Provides programs and services for children and families that enable blind and visually impaired young people, including the multi-handicapped blind, to achieve independence and self-esteem. Programs include: Infant Family Program, special education programs, recreational and social development, residential camp, residential living, vocational independence and library services.||Blind and visually-impaired young people||Los Angeles area|
|Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD)||2222 Laverna Ave.
Los Angeles, 90041
TDD/Voice: (323) 478-8000
|www.gladinc.org||Operating on a $5.0 million budget, GLAD serves more than 60,000 people annually. Services include: family health services; community advocate (CA) services to assist deaf and HOH people related to education, independent living skills, and advocacy; employment services; interpreter referral program (LIFESIGNS); information and referral; and housing for senior citizens (Deaf and Hard of Hearing senior citizens live in GLAD's building on the third floor and are provided with services and affordable rates).||People who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (HOH)||Southern California|
|L.A. Gay Lesbian Center||McDonald/Wright Bldg.
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90028
|www.gay-lesbian-center.org||Serves 15,000 clients per month with primary and HIV medical and mental health services, youth services, education, legal and cultural programming.||People who are gay and lesbian||Los Angeles area|
|Little People of America, Inc.||no mailing address available
|www.geocities.com/ lpa_la/||Assists dwarfs with their physical and developmental concerns resulting from short stature. Provides medical, environmental, educational, vocational, and parental guidance; peer support; personal example; and networking with national and international growth-related and genetic-support groups. Membership is also available to relatives and interested professionals who work with short statured individuals.||People of short stature and their families||Los Angeles area|
|Mental Health Association||1336 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90017
|www.mhala.org||Provides comprehensive mental health and rehabilitation services to mentally ill people; develops permanent, affordable housing; and helps individuals find mental health care.||People with mental illness||Los Angeles County|
|National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter||2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90064
|www.cal.nmss.org||Provides services and programs for people who have MS and their families and supports research into the cause, treatment and cure of multiple sclerosis.||People who have M.S. and their families and supports||Southern California|
|Shriners Los Angeles Hospital||3160 Geneva St.
Los Angeles, 90020
|www.shrinershq.org/ shc/losangeles/||Accepts and treats children with routine and complex orthopedic problems, utilizing the latest treatment and technology available in pediatric orthopedics. Treatment is provided at no cost to patients or their families.||Children with orthopedic disabilities||Southern California|
|Tri-City Mental Health Services, Pomona||2008 North Garey Ave.
|Mental health services, parenting, domestic violence (victims), dual diagnosis, sexual perpetrators, adult depression, anxiety groups, social skills groups, anger management||People with mental illness||Pomona, Claremont, San Dimas, Covina, West Covina, La Verne|
|United Cerebral Palsy||7630 Gloria Ave.
Van Nuys, 91406
|www.ucpla.com||Direct service provider to approximately 600 severely disabled children and adults. 33 locations offer programs including housing, adult day care, and family support services.||Individuals with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities||Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties|
|United States Adaptive Recreation Center||43101 Goldmine Dr.
Big Bear Lake, 92315
|www.usarc.org||Provides accessible outdoor recreation opportunities and the instruction and resources required to participate in outdoor recreation.||Adults and children with disabilities||Southern California|
|Verdugo Mental Health Center and Glendale Family Service||1540 East Colorado
|www.cwire.com/ orgs/Verdugo.Mental.Health.Center/||Comprehensive managed behavioral healthcare organization providing psychiatric outpatient care for children and adults, outpatient substance abuse counseling and individual, family and group psychotherapy.||People with mental illness||San Fernando Valley|
|Xtreme Medical||7860 E. Imperial Hwy
|www.xtrememedical.com||Provider of medical supplies for people who use wheelchairs, including urological supplies, custom wheelchairs, bath equipment, and other rehab equipment. Also provides information on wheelchair sports.||People who use wheelchairs||Not limited to a target area|