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HUD’s Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is pleased to sponsor the release of 'Lessons from the Ground: Best Practices in Fair Housing Planning'. The toolkit offers guidance on a variety of topics.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register for publication a Final Rule entitled Restoring HUD's Discriminatory Effects Standard. The Final Rule rescinds the Department's 2020 rule governing Fair Housing Act disparate impact claims and restores the 2013 discriminatory effects rule. In the Final Rule, HUD emphasizes that the 2013 rule is more consistent with how the Fair Housing Act has been applied in the courts and in front of the agency for more than 50 years, and that it more effectively implements the Act's broad remedial purpose of eliminating unnecessary discriminatory practices from the housing market.
The discriminatory effects doctrine (which includes disparate impact and perpetuation of segregation) is a tool for addressing policies that unnecessarily cause systemic inequality in housing, regardless of whether they were adopted with discriminatory intent.
HUD has launched its Assistance Animals and Fair Housing – Navigating Reasonable Accommodations Interactive Tool.
The tool allows users to click through a series of questions which guide users through HUD’s January 2020 Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Notice 2020-01. In that Notice, HUD set forth guidance on housing providers’ obligations under the Fair Housing Act to provide reasonable accommodations to housing consumers with disabilities who require the use of an assistance animal. Now, housing providers and consumers alike may use the tool to ensure compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s requirements related to reasonable accommodations for assistance animals. Some of the information which can be obtained from the tool includes the following:
For those interested, access the tool here!
The Manufactured Housing Institute commissioned an in-depth consumer research project about the demographics, perceptions, and preferences of manufactured homeowners and residents. MHI worked with Trifecta Research for the study, and the findings provide exciting insights into a variety of topics and market trends, including the characteristics and satisfaction of individuals who live in manufactured homes across the country. This extensive independent research study of manufactured housing residents reveals positive signs for future growth.
The ACM® program is a comprehensive study of manufactured home community management topics. This program covers a broad range of manufactured home community management topics to include: management and resident policies, community maintenance, leasing and sales techniques, marketing communities, taxes, insurance, financial management, business planning, physical asset management, federal laws and fair housing law. Community owners, managers and others in key management roles within a community may attend classes.
The in-person ACM® program consists of two courses, the first lasting three and one-half days and the second lasting two and one-half days. (This class is now offered online.)
This Professional Housing Consultant Designation Program is now available online. The PHC course is designed for employees of retail sales centers and land-lease communities that conduct onsite home sales.