4.0 hours The Law of the Land - Fair Housing – Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus:

4.0 Elective Hours

The Federal Housing Commission (the Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD) was created in 1934 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Originally created to restore stability to the housing market, over the next 30 years the Federal Housing Commission helped over 11 million families become homeowners.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was given responsibility for administering Title VIII of the Federal Fair Housing Act. Title VIII was amended in 1988 by the Fair Housing Amendments Act, which expanded the coverage of the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on disability or on familial status. This also includes the presence of a child under age of 18 and pregnant women.

Title VIII also established new administrative enforcement mechanisms with HUD attorneys bringing actions before administrative law judges on behalf of victims of housing discrimination and revised and expanded Justice Department jurisdiction to bring suit on behalf of victims in federal district courts.

In connection with prohibitions on discrimination against individuals with disabilities, the Act contains design and construction accessibility provisions for certain new multi family dwellings.

This course discusses the Fair Housing Acts administered by HUD and HUD policies and programs that ensure equal opportunity in housing. It provides case studies as examples to provide a greater understanding.

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