Danger of Fair Housing Failures Session @ Governor’s Housing Conference

A Special Notice to Architects

The Governor’s Housing Conference has engaged the E&A Solutions Team to make a presentation on the Danger of Fair Housing Failures. This session could be of particular interest to architects working in multifamily development.

Mark English and Scott Moore will present on the accessibility requirements that go beyond ADA into those that are relevant to the multifamily resident’s individual unit.

The E&A Team is particularly energized by the US Justice Department joining the complaint against the City of Los Angeles.

According to a Department of Justice News Release:

The city repeatedly certified its compliance with federal accessibility laws to obtain the federal funds without taking the required steps to ensure it complied, according to the complaint, which further alleges that many of the HUD-assisted apartment buildings failed to meet minimal accessibility requirements. The city allegedly approved the design and construction of inaccessible buildings, with, among other things:

  • slopes and ramps that are too steep for safe passage by persons with mobility disabilities;
  • door thresholds that are too tall for wheelchairs to roll over;
  • steps that prohibit access to common areas;
  • kitchen cabinets, shelves and surfaces that are outside of the accessible reach ranges of persons who use wheelchairs;
  • sinks, grab bars, mailboxes and circuit breakers mounted beyond the reach of wheelchair users;
  • pipes below sinks and lavatories that are not insulated, thereby posing a physical threat of burns to people who use wheelchairs; and
  • insufficient numbers of accessible parking spaces in garages and lots.

Registration & Details

The conference runs September 20 and 21 at the Music City Center. Registration for the full conference is open at TNGHC.com.

Special for Architects:

You have the option to attend just The Dangers of Fair Housing Failures session which occurs from 10:30 to 11:45 September 20. A special registration code and price will be provided if you choose to attend only this session. Contact Patricia M. Smith for information at psmith@thda.org or 615-815-2185.