Federal Fair Housing Act
Chronology of Events
Date Event
Sept. 88Passage of FHA Amendments of 1988
Sept. 91Rules go into affect
Sept. 96HUD issued a Fair Housing Design Manual that contained a disclaimer indicating users could not rely on the information
Nov. 96FHA Enforcement in Chicago
Nov. 96-Oct. 97Various efforts by NHBA to get clarification and to try to get rules into building codes
June 12-97NHBA request Amnesty Program
Oct. 16-97Justice rejects Amenity Program
  97-98Enforcement is stepped with advocacy groups being funded by HUD to find violations. FHIP funding 1997 & 1998 for this was 26.4 million. Only $103,000 was allocated to educating the builders and architects during the same period.
  97NHBA submit model codes accessibility requirements to HUD for review. Review not complete to date
  98New manual is reissued without disclaimer
Jun. 98NHBA conducts first accessibility training


Federal Fair Housing Act
Chronology of Events
Date Event
Sep 88Passage of Fair Housing Act (FHA) Amendments of 1988
Nov 88HUD issues notice of proposed rule making on full set of FHA provisions
Dec 88NAHB analyzes proposed rule and submits 44 pages of comments to HUD
Jan 89HUD issues final rule—restatement of Act, no guidance to designers or builders
Mar-Apr 89NAHB meets with various disability related groups and reaches agreement to form task force composed of three NAHB members and three members representing the National Coordinating Council on Spinal Cord Injury (NCCSCI), a group of 15 disability related organizations
Apr-Jun 89NAHB/NCCSCI task force develops workable guidelines emphasizing quality, accessibility, affordability, design, and coverage; task force briefs HUD officials on work of task force; other disability organizations asked to participate
Sep 89NAHB/NCCSCI task force publishes formally publishes its recommendations for implementation of FHA accessibility provisions and submits them HUD
Sep-Nov 89NAHB/NCCSCI disseminates its report and solicits comments from disability organizations and the public
Nov 89NAHB/NCCSCI task force notifies HUD about critical issues involving site impracticality determination, clear openings for doors, and costs of HUD approach
Dec 89-Jan 90NAHB analyzes HUD proposal and shows HUD that costs of HUD approach were significantly higher than NAHB/NCCSCI recommendations and accessibility of HUD proposal was significantly lower than NAHB/NCCSCI approach
Jan-Feb 90NAHB submits copies of its analysis of costs and effectiveness of HUD proposal to Office of Management and Budget
Mar 90NAHB/NCCSCI task force briefs HUD officials on task force recommendations and comparisons with HUD proposals
23 Apr 90NAHB/NCCSCI holds press briefing to show that HUD accessibility requirements for apartments are excessive and inflexible, are costly and provide less accessibility than NAHB/NCCSCI recommendations
8 May 90HUD issues preliminary regulatory impact analysis
May-Jun 90NAHB/NCCSCI evaluates HUD cost estimates and shows that they are significantly underestimated
15 Jun 90HUD issues proposed rule for guidelines
Jul-Sep 90NAHB/NCCSCI task force analyzes proposed rule and forms coalition of broader group of professional, housing, disability, and industry groups. HUD issues revised cost analysis
13 Sep 90NAHB coalition submits comments on proposed HUD guidelines.
9 Oct 90NAHB coalition transmits analysis of HUD's revised cost analysis to HUD
Nov 90NAHB coalition publishes 'The Impact of Proposed Fair Housing Guidelines on Multi-Family Housing Design and Costs: with Alternative Recommendations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development' which includes both Sep 13 and Oct 9 reports
Dec 90NAHB submits copies of materials previously sent to HUD to OMB
8 Jan 91NAHB and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) meet with Council on Competitiveness (COC) staff to clarify coalition's concerns with HUD proposed rule
Jan-Feb 91HUD, OMB, and COC meet to discuss proposed rule. Coalition responds to COC's questions on coalition's recommendations
6 Mar 91HUD issues final rule incorporating some of coalition's recommendations
Mar 91-PresNAHB and PVA conduct nationwide educational workshops about compliance with HUD guidelines Where? How Many?
May 91-Jul 92NAHB coalition develop detailed guide for compliance with HUD guidelines entitled “Fair Housing Design Guide for Accessibility” and submits guide to HUD for review and possible endorsement
16 Dec 96NBN article on stepped up enforcement of FHA
17 Dec 96NAHB officials meet with Justice Department
17 Jan 97NAHB staff travel to Chicago to meet with area builders on accessibility issues
10 Feb 97NAHB staff meet with Justice Department on accessibility issues
15 Apr 97NAHB and other groups meet with HUD Assistant Secretary on Fair Housing Accessibility regarding continuing effort to incorporate accessibility requirements into building codes
7 May 97NAHB meets with HUD and model building code officials and advocacy groups to discuss incorporating accessibility requirements into model codes and to obtain HUD signoff on codes
12 Jun 97NAHB requests Justice Department to establish “amnesty” program
Aug 97NAHB/NAHB Research Center submits proposal to HUD for funding to do training on the FHA accessibility requirements
16 Oct 97Department of Justice rejects NAHB's request for 'amnesty' program
19 Dec 97NAHB and others send letter to HUD outlining abuses of FHA tester program and other concerns
Winter 98NAHB/NAHB Research Center obtains HUD funding to conduct training sessions on accessibility How much?
12 Jan 98NAHB meets with HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing regarding NAHB request for model code review and other concerns
3 Feb 98NAHB sends letter to HUD emphasizing need for HUD to review model codes for consistency with model codes
Jun 98NAHB conducts accessibility training in Chicago, Illinois, and Boise, Idaho First Training
Summer 98NAHB reviews HUD Accessibility Design Manual to determine where the manual goes beyond the HUD guidelines
Aug 98NAHB conducts accessibility training in Orlando, Florida, at Southeast Builders Conf.
25 Aug 98NAHB meets with HUD officials to discuss concept of “voluntary compliance” program; HUD wary of concept
Sep 98NAHB conducts accessibility training in Tidewater, Virginia; NAHB's Fair Housing Accessibility subcommittee determines not to proceed further with concept of 'voluntary compliance' program at this time
Oct 98NAHB conducts accessibility training at Tysons Corner, Virginia
8 Oct 98NAHB transmits letter to HUD outlining 13 areas where design manual goes beyond guidelines
Oct 98NAHB conducts accessibility training in St. Louis, Missouri
Dec 98NAHB conducts accessibility training in Charlotte, North Carolina
9 Jan 99HUD responds to NAHB letter of 8 Oct 98—disputes all of NAHB contentions
Jan 99NAHB adopts policy at 1999 Convention calling for meetings with HUD, Justice, and other Administration officials to seek administrative solutions to FHA problem
Feb 99NAHB scheduled to provide accessibility training in Seattle, Washington
Mar 99NAHB scheduled to provide accessibility training in Wilmington, North Carolina
Apr 99NAHB scheduled to provide accessibility training in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Fargo, North Dakota, and Los Angeles, California


FY97 & FY98 IMP Funding Summary by State
  1. California$2.6 MILLION(1997—$885,000; 1998—$1.7 million)
  2. New York$1.6 MILLION(1997—$1 million; 1998—616,112)
  3. Pennsylvania$1.51 MILLION(1997—$700,000; 1998—$810,000)
  4. Illinois$1.49 MILLION(1997—$590,000; 1998—$899,966)
  5. Ohio$1.3 MILLION(1997—$1 million; 1998—$300,000)
  6. Missouri$1.011 MILLION(1997—$620,000; 1998—$421,282)
  7. Alabama$994,000(1997—$700.000; 1998—$294,005)
  8. Texas$933,000(1998—$932,883)
  9. Colorado$845,000(1997—$540,000; 1998—$305,158)
10. Tennessee$825,000(1997—$350,000; 1998—$474,493)
11. Nevada$800,000(1997—$600,000; 1998—$204,679)
12. Washington$800,000(1997—$450,000; 1998—$350,000)
13. Kentucky$800,000(1997—$450,000; 1998—$349,995)
14. Minnesota$790,000(1997—$450,000; 1998—$337,750)
15. North Carolina$750,000(1997—$ 300,000; 1998—$448,557)
16. Louisiana$700,000(1997—$350,000; 1998—$350,000)
17. Florida$700,000(1997—$700,000)
18. Oregon$630,000(1997—$450,000; 1998—$182,847)
19. Montana$150,000(1997—$100 000; 1998—$448,626)
20. Arizona$550,000(1997—$350,000; 1998—$200,000)
21. Massachusetts$543,000(1997—$300,000; 1998—$243,430)
22. Idaho$540,000(1997—$540,000)
23. Washington, DC$493,000(1997—$400,000; 1998—$93,259)
24. Arkansas$440,000(1997—$440,000)
25. Georgia$355,000(1997—$78,000; 1998—$277,000)
26. New Jersey$350,000(1998—$350,000)
27. Connecticut$350,000(1997—$350,000)
23. Virginia$350,000(1998—$350,000)
29. Wisconsin$350,000(1997—$350,000)
30. Michigan$350,000(1998—$350,000)
31. Nebraska$350,000(1997—$350,000)
31. North Dakota$350,000(1997—$350,000)
33. Maryland$260,000(1997—$260,000)
34. New Hampshire$256,000(1997—$256,000)
35. Indiana$218,000(1998—$218,366)
36. New Mexico$200,000(1997—$200,000)
37. Utah$200,000(1997—$200,000)
38. Vermont$180,000(1997—$180,000)
39. Delaware$50,000(1997—$50,000)
Total $26.4 MILLION

Note: $103,000 has been allocated to educating builders, architects on Fair Housing access.