Federal nondiscrimination laws ensure equal access to housing for people with disabilities. These protections apply in most private housing, state and local government housing, public housing, and any other federally-assisted housing programs and activities.
- Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: website on the Fair Housing Act that requires HUD and its recipients of federal financial assistance to do more than simply not discriminate; Title III of the Fair Housing Act requires them to "affirmatively further fair housing" -- they must take meaningful actions to overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities
- Restoring Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Definitions and Certifications: interim final rule that restores key definition and certifications from the 2015 AFFH Rule to its regulations implementing the Fair Housing Act; Consistent with this obligation, HUD funding recipients must certify to taking meaningful actions, in addition to combating discrimination, that overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics covered by the Fair Housing Act, which includes disability
- Engaging the Disability Community in Fair Housing Planning: This two part webinar series included the history of the Fair Housing Act and context for the requirement to affirmatively further fair housing: best practices for fair housing planning that consider the needs of individuals with disabilities; an overview of effective community participation that involves individuals with disabilities and their stakeholders; principles of community engagement with the disability community best practices for community engagement throughout the fair housing planning process; and engaging stakeholders in fair housing planning.
- Fair Housing Planning Consideration for Individuals with Disabilities: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH): fact sheet from the Administration for Community Living and Department of Housing and Urban Development provides information and tips on involving people with disabilities and disability stakeholders in fair housing planning.
- Fair Housing Information for Individuals with Disabilities: website with basic information about protections for individuals with disabilities under fair housing laws
- Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST: website about the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, an initiative to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements for housing accessible to individuals with disabilities
- HUD Statement on Fair Housing and COVID-19: statement stressing that housing providers must ensure individuals with disabilities and/or pre-existing medical conditions are protected against housing discrimination and provided with reasonable accommodations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
- Joint Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice on Reasonable Modifications under the Fair Housing Act: guidance specifying the “reasonable modifications” private and public housing providers must provide to be in compliance with the Fair Housing Act’s mandate to ensure individuals with disabilities are given an equal opportunity to use and enjoy housing
- Joint Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice on State and Local Land Use Laws and Practices and the Application of the Fair Housing Act: guidance detailing states’ and localities’ legal obligation to comply with the Fair Housing Act by prohibiting land use and zoning laws, policies, and practices that discriminate based on disability and other characteristics protected under the Act
- Physical Accessibility: overview of several federal laws that require private and federally-assisted housing to be accessible to persons with disabilities, including the Fair Housing Act, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Frequently Asked Questions: questions and answers on requirements of Section 504 rights to persons with disabilities in HUD-funded programs and activities
- Reinstatement and Revision of Accessibility Requirements for Native American Programs: notice providing guidance for tribes and tribally designated housing entities on regulations regarding accessibility and nondiscrimination in HUD-funded Indian housing programs
- Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the Role of Housing in Accomplishing the Goals of Olmstead: guidance for HUD-assisted housing providers on ways to support state and local Olmstead efforts to increase integrated housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from, or at serious risk of entering, institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other restrictive, segregated settings