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Fair Housing Center Presents Housing Accessibility Training

Posted on 08. Nov, 2005 by

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC), in partnership with the LSU Human Development Center (LSU-HDC), presents a free one-day Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST training program. The event, slated for November 18, 2005 will take place at the Louisiana Municipal Building (700 North 10th St.) in Baton Rouge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The goal is to make sure that architects, homebuilders, designers, developers and housing advocates are up to speed with laws affecting people with disabilities. The information is essential as Louisianans rebuild in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Those interested in attending should register at www.fairhousingfirst.org.

The Baton Rouge training program will focus on three modules: Disability Rights Laws, Common Violations, and the Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements Overview. Additionally, presenters will discuss the application of accessibility law to renovations of historic buildings. Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides training and technical guidance to homebuilders, developers, architects and designers on compliance with the accessible design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The campaign includes training for the housing industry, a Web site, www.fairhousingfirst.org, a hotline telephone number
(1-888-FH1RST1 or TTY/V 1-888-341-7781), and a technical guidance resource center.

James Perry, GNOFHAC Executive Director remarks, “As we rebuild in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we are presented with an incredible opportunity to provide more housing opportunities than ever for people with mobility impairments. This training is an integral step in providing fair housing choice for all citizens of Louisiana.”

11-8-05 Download the press release here

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