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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 10 live training events across the country during Spring 2020 to July 2020. The schedule will be posted on our training calendar. We have presented 4 webinars during October to November of Fall 2019.

Read more about how to register for these training sessions and webinars. There are no fees for our live training sessions. For more information, contact John Ritzu, LCM Program Manager for the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Program at 312-913-1717, Ext. 228 or jritzu@lcmarchitects.com.

PROPOSED RULE:

Fair Housing Act Design and Construction Requirements; Adoption of Additional Safe Harbors

SUMMARY: This rule proposes to amend HUD’s Fair Housing Act design and construction regulations by incorporating by reference the 2009 edition of International Code Council (ICC) Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities (ICC A117.1–2009) standard, as a safe harbor. The Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard is a technical standard for the design of facilities that are accessible to persons with disabilities. HUD proposes to determine that compliance with ICC A117.1–2009 satisfies the design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act and its amendments. This rule also proposes to designate the 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) as safe harbors under the Fair Housing Act. The IBC is a model building code and not law, but it has been adopted as law by various states and localities. The IBC provides minimum standards for public safety, health, and welfare as they are affected by building construction.

DATES: Comment Due Date: March 16, 2020.

See: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/15/2020-00233/fair-housing-act-design-and-construction-requirements-adoption-of-additional-safe-harbors

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Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST has been contracted by HUD to provide information, materials, and technical assistance to all relevant stakeholders about the accessibility design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988. However, Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is not responsible for enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. The information, materials, and technical assistance are intended solely as informal guidance and are neither a determination of legal responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the Fair Housing Act.