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Assistance Animals and Fair Housing - Navigating Reasonable Accommodations Suite of Products Now Available

December 30, 2022 Print ShareThis

The Assistance Animals and Fair Housing - Navigating Reasonable Accommodations suite of technical assistance (TA) products includes a webinar, fact sheet, and interactive tool on housing requests for assistance animals. This suite of TA products is designed to educate housing providers, including HUD grantees, such as representatives of entitlement communities, participating jurisdictions (PJs), and public housing agencies (PHAs), and HUD Housing Counseling Agencies, and others involved in housing transactions, as well as persons with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations related to assistance animals.

These TA products provide best practices to use when addressing requests by a housing applicant or tenant for reasonable accommodations for assistance animals in housing and are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Users of this TA suite of products will have a better understanding of housing providers responsibilities when they receive reasonable accommodation requests related to assistance animals. The webinar will also provide persons with disabilities with information about their fair housing rights related to requests for assistance animals and how to file a fair housing complaint if they believe their rights have been violated.

Stay tuned for the release of the Interactive Tool on Housing Request for Assistance Animals.

Webinar Agenda

  • Introduction and overview of assistance animals under federal law
  • Description of fair housing laws related to assistance animals, including the definition of disability and nondiscrimination requirements
  • Processes for requesting a reasonable accommodation for an assistance animal
  • Processes for responding to reasonable accommodation requests
  • A video presentation including animated skits with examples of violations of the law when a reasonable accommodation request for an assistance animal is made and how to avoid and address such violations
  • Key takeaways & concluding remarks

Webinar Presenters

  • Demetria McCain: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (HUD, FHEO)
  • Kate Cawvey: Program Analyst, Policy & Legislative Initiatives Division (HUD, FHEO)
  • Sarah Myers: Equal Opportunity Specialist Fellow, Policy & Legislative Initiatives Division (HUD, FHEO)

Who Should View the Webinar and Leverage Other Products?

  • Housing providers, including HUD grantees such as representatives of entitlement communities, PJs, and PHAs, and HUD Housing Counseling Agencies
  • Individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers

Sponsored By

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (FHEO)

Disability Access and Reasonable Accommodation Request(s)

This webinar is 508 compliant. Please contact for specific reasonable accommodation requests.


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Tags: Fair Housing