Nov 22 1994 The Honorable Bob Goodlatte Member, U.S.

House of Representatives 2 South Main Street Suite A, First Floor Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Dear Congressman Goodlatte: This is in response to the request by your constituent, Mr. George Bergdoll, for information on the availability of Federal funds to assist in the financing of renovations necessary to bring a facility into compliance with laws relating to accessibility for disabled individuals. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, awarded to individual communities by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, can be used for the removal of architectural barriers. Activities eligible for assistance include special projects directed to the removal of barriers that restrict the mobility of and accessibility of elderly persons and those with disabilities. Please advise Mr. Bergdoll that each community establishes its own priorities for the use of CDBG funds. Since the funds can be used for a variety of priority projects, it is important that Mr. Bergdoll work with his community to assure that one of its priorities will be the use of some of these funds for barrier removal. Businesses are also entitled to certain tax benefits to help pay for the cost of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As amended in 1990, the Internal Revenue Code allows a deduction of up to $15,000 per year for expenses associated with the removal of qualified architectural and transportation barriers. The 1990 amendment also permits eligible small businesses to receive a tax credit for certain costs of compliance with the ADA. An eligible small business is one whose gross receipts do not exceed $1,000,000 or whose workforce does not consist of more than 30 full-time workers. Qualifying businesses may claim a credit of up to 50 percent of eligible access expenditures that 01-03496​ -2-

exceed $250 but do not exceed $10,250. Examples of eligible access expenditures include the necessary and reasonable costs of removing architectural, physical communications, and transportation barriers; providing readers, interpreters, and other auxiliary aids; and acquiring or modifying equipment or devices. The Department of Justice has established a free telephone information service that provides technical assistance on title III of the ADA. The number is 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800 (5149383 (TDD). The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Thursday, with hours of 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I hope this information is useful to you in responding to your constituent. Sincerely, Deval L. Patrick Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division 01-03497​ Memorandum To: File From: Phoebe Orebaugh, District Representative Date: September 14, 1994 Re: Funds for making buildings handicapped accessible. Mr. George Bergdoll is the Development Manager of the Massanetta Springs Conference Center, a private nonprofit organization near Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is inquiring as to whether there are any funds available from the federal government to assist in the financing of the renovations necessary in order to bring his facility into compliance with laws relating to accessibility for the handicapped. 01-03498