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Instruction Curriculum:
Making Housing Accessible Through Accommodations and Modifications

This curriculum provides information about the Fair Housing Act's requirements that housing providers make accommodations to usual procedures and services and permit reasonable structural modifications to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

This curriculum guides participants through the legal obligation to make accommodations and permit modifications. It also provides many examples of accommodations and modifications that may be requested in both multifamily and single family housing, whether newly constructed or older housing, and provides ideas about strategies to make commonly requested modifications and accommodations.

Time to Complete: 90 minutes

What is Covered?

  • How to recognize a request for a reasonable accommodation
  • Appropriate responses to a request for an accommodation
  • The reasonable modification request and how to respond
  • Examples of accommodations and modifications
  • Tips for making reasonable accommodations.
  • Typical accommodations and modifications that builders and developers may be asked to approve
  • Examples of technical standards to use for modifications and accommodations

Who Should Attend?

  • Builders and developers of both single and multifamily housing
  • Contractors engaged in single and multifamily construction
  • Housing program specialists
  • Property managers and owners
  • Advocates
  • Enforcers

How Will You Benefit? You will:

  • Understand and apply the basic rules for accommodations and modifications
  • Recognize whether or not a particular request is an accommodation or a modification
  • Describe the basic standards to apply if a request is for an accommodation or for a modification
  • Recognize typical requests for accommodations and modifications
  • Understand some of the standards that could be used in making typical modifications
  • Know more about resources that can be used to get more information about modification techniques

PDF available for downloadMaking Housing Accessible Through Accommodations and Modifications (PDF, 3867K)

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST has been contracted by HUD to provide information, materials, and technical assistance to all relevant stakeholders about the accessibility design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988. However, Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is not responsible for enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. The information, materials, and technical assistance are intended solely as informal guidance and are neither a determination of legal responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the Fair Housing Act.