NMHC to hold Fair Housing Accessibility Seminar

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation is sponsoring the second part of a two-part training/seminar.  The Fair Housing & Accessibility Seminar at the Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe is for architects, attorneys, civil engineers, contractors, developers, builders, disability housing advocates, Section 504 coordinators, landlords, property managers, site managers, maintenance personnel, or anyone interested in Fair Housing Accessibility.

The Fair Housing Act, Section 504, and the ADA mandate accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Come learn how your property, regardless of whether it is conventional, tax credit, or otherwise federally funded, must be made accessible under at least one of the three federal civil rights/accessibility laws (the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504, and/or the Fair Housing Act).

This seminar will help educate you on the obligations under each of these laws as well as what practical steps to take to ensure equal housing opportunity for persons with disabilities and avoid fair housing accessibility complaints.  The topics include: (1) what type of housing is covered by each of the three federal accessibility laws; (2) what technical standards or “safe harbors” are applicable; (3) how to ensure you have accessible public and common use areas and individual dwelling units; (4) common Fair Housing Act and Section 504 accessibility issues discovered on properties; (5) the latest Department of Justice accessibility settlements and enforcement actions; (6) the benefits of having an accessibility inspection and plan for your properties; and (7) much more.

Registration fee before November 30, 2017 is $40.00 per person and registration fee after November 30, 2017 is $50.00 per person. For government agencies and non-profit partners, the registration fee is $25.00 per person. The fee will cover for the 2-day seminar and refreshments. Due to limited seating, please contact Doraine Camacho or Jacob Muna at 234-6866/9447/7670 for reservations.

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