fair housing presentation nov05

Information about fair housing presentation nov05

Published on November 5, 2007

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Slide1:  Housing Presentation November 16, 2005 Pete Cantrell, Attorney Overview of P&A :  Overview of P&A Protecting the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities since 1977 Private, non-profit corporation Funding Sources Teams Annual Priorities Equal Access Team Priority:  Equal Access Team Priority People with disabilities will have legal representation in order to enforce their legal rights so that they may access goods, services, employment, and places in the community. Fair Housing Act:  Fair Housing Act Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. The act was amended in 1988 to include disability – Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA). Fair Housing Act:  Fair Housing Act Covers private housing, housing that receives federal financial assistance, and state and local government housing. New construction rules apply to multifamily housing (4 units or more) built for occupancy after March 13, 1991. Also covers buyers and renters without disabilities who live with or are associated with people with a disability. Who must comply :  Who must comply Individuals Corporations Property owners Housing managers Homeowners Condominium associations Real estate agents Lenders Fair Housing Act:  Fair Housing Act Requires housing providers to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Requires housing providers to allow persons with disabilities to make reasonable modifications to their apartment. What does this mean? Fair Housing Act Reasonable Accommodations:  Fair Housing Act Reasonable Accommodations “Reasonable” – practical and feasible. A reasonable accommodation is a change in rules, policies, practices, or services so that a person with a disability will have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit or common area. Reasonable Accommodations :  Reasonable Accommodations Housing provider should do everything possible to assist with any accommodation. However, landlord is not required to make changes that would create an undue financial or administrative burden. Fair Housing Act Reasonable Modifications:  Fair Housing Act Reasonable Modifications Reasonable modification is a structural modification that is made to allows persons with disabilities the full enjoyment of the housing and related facilities. These are made at the tenant’s expense. Landlord may require that the dwelling be restored to the original condition. Question and Answer Game:  Question and Answer Game You will decide if the following examples are Reasonable Accommodations or Reasonable Modifications? and Who would make the change - the landlord or tenant? Q and A :  Q and A I noticed that you had a no pets policy. I wondered if I could have my cat with me in this apartment. She helps me with my severe depression. I need to lower the threshold going into my apartment. It is too high for my wheelchair. Q and A:  Q and A 3. Waiver of a requirement for previous rental history for a person coming out of an institution. 4. An alternate, accessible mail delivery location that is acceptable to the tenant and U. S. Postal Service. Q and A:  Q and A 5. A reserved parking space in front of entrance to unit, even though all parking is unreserved. 6. Change of rent due dates to match government checks. Q and A:  Q and A 7. Install a ramp from apartment door to sidewalk. 8. Install grab bars in the bathroom. Other Laws that Protect Housing Rights :  Other Laws that Protect Housing Rights Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Examples: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), public housing and some privately owned dwellings that receive federal contacts for assistance while building. Other Laws Protecting Housing Rights Title II of American with Disabilities Act of 1990 :  Other Laws Protecting Housing Rights Title II of American with Disabilities Act of 1990 Title II prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs, services, and activities provided by public entities. Examples: Housing programs offered by local housing authorities, housing on a state university campus. Who to Contact:  Who to Contact P&A 1-803-782-0639 or 1-866-275-7273 (Toll Free & TTY) 3710 Landmark Dr. Suite 208 Columbia 29204 [email protected] www.protectionandadvocacy-sc.org Who to Contact:  Who to Contact SC Human Affairs Commission 800 521-0725 or 803 737 7800 2611 Forest Dr. Suite 200, Columbia 29204 www.state.sc.us/schac US Department of Housing and Urban Development www.hud.gov Thanks for your time and attention!:  Thanks for your time and attention! Happy Halloween! References HUD website http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/disabilities Fair Housing Laws Website www.fairhousinglaw.org/fair_housing_laws/fh_act.html Texas Advocacy, Inc. http://www.advocacyinc.org/HS1_text.htm

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