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Accessible Multifamily Housing Makes Good $ense

Complying with Fair Housing Act accessibility regulations is good for business in the multifamily housing industry. People with disabilities are the only minority that can be discriminated against solely by the design of the built environment. Design requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act are intended to remedy this inequity. Today 61 million adult Americans …

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HUD Proposes Changes to FHA ‘Safe Harbors’ and Extends Public Comment Period

Formal comments may be submitted until April 13, 2020. People may submit comments here. HUD proposes changes to FHA ‘safe harbor’ design and construction requirements for multifamily housing. A safe harbor is recognized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a standard that meets the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The …

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AIA Iowa Convention

John Ritzu at the 2019 AIA Iowa Convention

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED LCM Associate Principal John Ritzu, RA, is presenting on September 26 at the 2019 AIA Iowa Convention in Des Moines. Ritzu’s training module on the seven design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act will raise awareness of an architect’s ability to positively influence the design of dwelling environments for …

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Differences Between ADA & FHA

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act are both federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities but they have different accessible design and construction requirements.   Although the ADA and FHA overlap in limited circumstances, FHA regulations primarily apply to multifamily residential projects and ADA regulations primarily apply …

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Chicago Housing Authority

The Chicago Housing Authority and its project partners consistently rely on LCM to evaluate compliance with UFAS, FHA, ADA, ADAAG, and the Chicago Building Code for multifamily properties. CHA retained LCM as a third party certifier to verify compliance with applicable accessibility regulations and code requirements in Senior, Family, and Scattered Site Housing developments, as …

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FHA Client Spotlight: Focus

Scope of Services Accessibility Plan Reviews Trainings Select Projects Include: Courthouse Square Wheaton Focus Spectre 831 Emerson 1717 Ridge Reserve at Glenview Focus is a premier residential developer and general contractor based in Chicago. The company has built a significant portfolio of multifamily housing projects in the city and suburbs since it’s founding in 1993. …

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Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsors Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST to promote Fair Housing Act compliance. Nearly 40 million multifamily buildings are subject to the FHA’s design and construction requirements. As Program Manager for FHA FIRST, LCM provides technical guidance to the public through a comprehensive training curriculum, a toll-free Design and …

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FHA Client Spotlight: LMC

Select Projects Onyx Edina, Edina, MN NordHaus, Minneapolis, MN The Emerson, Oak Park, IL Marisol, Carlsbad, CA Quarry Creek, CA Marlowe River North, Chicago, IL Indigo BCS, Bloomington, MN The Brook On Janes, Bolingbrook, IL LMC relies on LCM Architects’ accessibility consulting services to help the multifamily developer comply with FHA design and construction requirements. …

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FHA Client Spotlight: AG Spanos

Select Projects The Everlee- Tomball TX Rancho Cordova- Cordova, CA The Altitude 970- Kanas City MO Anson on Palmer-Sarasota, FL Baseline 158- Beaverton, OR Johnston Park II- Johnstown, CO The Eldorado at Interlocken, Broomfield, CO Renaissance Apartments- Overland Park, KS 45th and Tower Apartments Denver, CO AG Spanos engages LCM on an ongoing basis to …

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