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FHJC Hosts Accessibility Design and Construction Workshops

Photo © by Bernard Kleina

May 12, 2021


Since 1991, it has been illegal to build multifamily housing that does not comply with accessibility requirements set forth in the federal Fair Housing Act. Yet despite being in place for thirty years, these requirements are often violated in the New York City area and around the country. Over the past 16 years, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) has conducted testing investigations that have led to the filing of nearly thirty fair housing cases against developers, architects, and others for failing to design and construct housing in an accessible manner.

To increase awareness of accessibility laws and regulations, and to help ensure that new buildings are designed and constructed correctly right from the start, the FHJC is sponsoring a series of live online workshops entitled Accessible Housing: A Civil Right. These free workshops will provide architects, builders, contractors, building engineers, real estate professionals, attorneys, government officials, disability rights advocates, and others with detailed and reliable information about federal fair housing accessibility requirements.

Instruction at the workshop will be provided by two nationally known experts on housing accessibility: Attorney Scott Moore, a partner with the law firm of Baird Holm LLP in Omaha; and Larry Fleming, an architect and consultant on accessibility issues with E&A Team, Inc. in Tuscaloosa.

Workshop dates are Friday June 11 and Thursday July 14. There is no fee to attend, but advanced registration is required. Registration deadlines are June 8 and July 11. Click HERE to learn more and to register.

For architects, CE credits will be offered (pending approval from NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions.)

The mission of the FHJC, a nonprofit civil rights organization, is to eliminate housing discrimination; promote policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws in the New York City region.