We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

For nearly three decades, public housing in the District has been alien territory for disabled people. Impassable stairways and narrow doorways are just a couple of the obstacles that have exiled the wheelchair-bound to nursing homes and other institutions. On March 27, though, a federal court approved a negotiated settlement between the D.C. Housing Authority and public-housing residents seeking more disabled-friendly units. The housing authority must, among other things, build or renovate 565 accessible units over the next five years. The settlement comes too late for Mwenea Ajanaku, 46, a plaintiff who has been living in the J.B. Johnson Nursing home for more than two years (“Before Their Time,” 10/27/00). Ajanaku is moving to Silver Spring, Md., this week with his wife and 3-year-old son. “I’m glad the housing authority is owning up to its responsibilities,” he says. —Annys Shin