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Accessibility, Visibility, and Staying Compliant Under Fair Housing Laws

April 28, 2021 @ 8:00 am 9:00 am




8am – 9am


$25 per person – all proceeds go to Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati

Program Description

*Zoom* Accessibility, Visibility, and Staying Compliant Under Fair Housing Laws

Dwellings, both private and public, comply with the Fair Housing Act’s design and construction requirements. Covered multifamily dwellings are in buildings that have four or more units. It includes all of the ground floor units, and, in an elevator building, all units in these buildings. It applies to housing that was designed or constructed for first occupancy after March 13, 1991.

Successful accessibility is often measured in inches, so attention to detail can make the difference between achieving access and excluding or injuring someone. When the minimum requirements are not met, the results can limit access for a person with a disability or exclude them from the housing altogether. Sometimes lack of access can even be dangerous.

This session explores the seven basic design and construction requirements that must be met in order to be in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

Design professionals must ensure the accessibility of dwellings under the Fair Housing Act in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. Implementing universal design in residential projects benefits not only occupants with physical disabilities, but is also good design practice. Compliance with Fair Housing Act design requirements is not only the law, but it helps enable equitable access and support the well-being of occupants.

Registration required before noon on April 27.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why accessible housing is both legally required and desirable in multi-family dwellings.
  • Learn how incorporating accessible design features in single-family homes improves the health, safety, and welfare of occupants.
  • Be aware of the latest updates from HUD regarding design and construction requirements and understand how those requirements impact accessible design.
  • Identify a few of the 10 safe harbors for compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility requirements.


Alona Ballard

Education Outreach Manager, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati

Ballard holds a B.A. in communications from Howard University and a Master’s in Education from Xavier University. While Ballard is a native Cincinnatian and graduate of Walnut Hills High School, she has also called several other cities home including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA, Orlando, FL and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Her career path has included stints in real estate, education and social services.

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