Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
is an initiative designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and
construction requirements. The program
offers comprehensive and detailed instruction programs, useful
online web resources, and a toll-free information line for technical guidance and support.
HUD is pleased to announce its Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program trainings.
There will be ten training events across the country during Spring of 2014.
Read more about how to register for these training sessions.
There are no fees for these training sessions. For more information, contact John Ritzu, LCM
Program Manager for the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Program at 312-913-1717, Ext. 228
HUD and DOJ Release Joint Statement On Fair Housing Act Design and Construction Requirements
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) and the U.S. Department of Justice today issued a Joint Statement on the "Accessibility (Design and Construction) Requirements for Covered Multifamily Dwellings under the Fair Housing Act."
The new guidance is designed to help design professionals, developers and builders better understand their obligations and help persons with disabilities better understand their rights regarding the "design and construction" requirements for covered multifamily dwellings under the federal Fair Housing Act.
To see a copy of the press release, click here.
To see a copy of the Joint Statement, click here.
HUD Issues Guidance On Assistance Animals For Persons With Disabilities
HUD has issued a Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing. The Notice explains the circumstances under which the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act may require housing providers to allow applicants and tenants to use “service” and “assistance” animals. Importantly, HUD explains that housing providers must accommodate applicants and tenants who need an "assistance animal" which includes any animal that "works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability."
To read HUD's Press Release, click here.
To view the Notice, click here.
A FIRST LOOK AT ACCESSIBILITY....
Our instruction modules include general information, as well as more specific technical information regarding design and construction requirements, building strategies, various disability rights laws, and enforcement.
Sign-up for upcoming FIRST training events and conferences around the U.S.