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Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program

hudseal_teal_1Announcing the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The program consists of a comprehensive training curriculum, as well as a toll-free information line and website designed to provide technical guidance to the public.

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST & HUD will be providing a FREE FHA FIRST Design & Construction training in New York, NY on June 20th, 2017 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The event is sponsored by the New York State Division of Human Rights and the training will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building, 6th Floor Conference Center, located at 26 Federal Plaza. A flyer with complete details is attached.is would be of particular interest to developers, builders, architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, property managers, general contractors, accessibility organizations, disability rights advocates, building code officials and government agencies.

The presenter will be Doug Anderson, CASp, R.A.S.; a partner at LCM Architects. The following modules will be covered:

· Module 10 – Design and Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act: Technical Overview

· Module 9 – Common Design & Construction Violations & Solutions

This training will provide members with 4½ hours of AIA-approved CEU credits and training certificates will be provided without cost to anyone who requests them.

Register for Fair Housing Design and Construction Training Here!

Architects Can Be Approved 203(k) Consultant

Architects are among those listed to be qualified to be HUD 203k consultants. The requirements listed below can be found on the HUD website:

1. A minimum of three years experience as a remodeling contractor, general contractor or home inspector. A state license as a state certified engineer or architect may be submitted in lieu of the documentation of the three years experience;

2. Licensing (general contractor, home inspector, etc.). In those states where a Home Inspector is required to be licensed, the Department requires the applicant to be licensed and to provide proof of that licensing;

3. consultant’s ability to perform home inspections, prepare architectural drawings, use proper methods of cost estimating and complete draw inspections; and,

4. The applicant must also submit a certification verifying that the consultant has read and fully understands the requirements of HUD Handbook 4240.4, REV 2 (203(k) Handbook) and all related materials listed in Mortgagee Letter 2000-25.

This could be an opportunity for Architects to get more work related to FHA loans specifically for residential construction.

If you are interested in learning more or applying to be a 203k consultant, visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/203k/203khow.cfm for all the details.