CoC FAQ
Q

Many assessment tools gauge vulnerability or level of service needs by assessing for certain types of disabilities. Is this compliant with fair housing laws?

Date Published: March 2015

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Protections should be in place to ensure compliance with all civil rights requirements, including, but not limited to, the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To be compliant with fair housing laws:

  1. The assessment tool must not seek disability-related information unless it is necessary for determining the need for housing-related services.
     
  2. The coordinated entry process must ensure program participants are informed of rights and remedies available under applicable federal, state, and local fair housing and civil rights laws, in accordance with the requirement at 24 CFR 578.93(c)(3).
     
  3. The assessment tool can make certain considerations for specific disabilities provided that no housing decisions are made solely on the basis of a specific disability. 

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