Fair Housing Accessibility

Resolved that NAHB should continue to urge and work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand education and outreach efforts through HUD-funded programs and initiatives designed to educate industry members about the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and how to comply with them;

Further resolved that NAHB continue to support the nationwide adoption of model accessibility building codes endorsed by HUD as providing a safe harbor for complying with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act;

Further resolved that NAHB work with other interested groups, including building product manufacturers, disability advocates, real estate and multifamily design and construction groups, to promote education, outreach and compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act;

Further resolved that NAHB urge HUD to prohibit the use of Fair Housing Initiatives Program funding for litigation,

Further resolved that NAHB work with the Department of Justice to develop clear criteria for enforcing the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act -- this, however, shall not preclude NAHB from commencing litigation in accordance with its guidelines,

Further resolved that NAHB support legislative or regulatory changes that would limit liability for industry members who were involved in the design and construction of non-compliant buildings due to a lack of clear guidance, and who made a good faith effort to meet the requirements of the law.

Resolution originally adopted: 2003.5 No. 3

Committee with primary jurisdiction:
  • Construction, Codes & Standards Committee

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