LEP/Section 504 Requirements

Session Information


Live Webinar

Date & Time:

04/18/2024 - 09:00 AM (ET)

Details: This course is being offered in partnership with Mid-Atlantic AHMA. Online registration for these sessions is handled directly by Mid-Atlantic AHMA.


Course Description

Two of the most misunderstood laws relating to federally assisted affordable housing are the rules regarding Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and the Section 504 requirements. This three-hour live webinar will cover the requirements of each and outline the basic steps affordable housing managers must take to remain compliant with both sets of rules. Most individuals living in the U.S. read, write, speak, and understand English. There are many, however, for whom English is NOT their primary language. For this reason, affordable housing operators with federal assistance are required to comply with the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requirements of the federal government. <br/> <br/> All programs and operations of entities that receive financial assistance from the federal government, including but not limited to state agencies, local agencies, and for-profit and non-profit entities, must comply with the LEP requirements. Sub-recipients must also comply (i.e. when federal funds are passed through a recipient to a sub-recipient). As an example, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance is not considered federal financial assistance, and participants in that program are not required to comply with Title VI's LEP obligations unless they receive federal financial assistance as well (such as project-based Section 8). This section of the webinar will assist affordable housing owners and managers in their understanding of LEP requirements and will cover the following areas: (1) Ensuring plan compliance; (2) the “four-factor” analysis; (3) translation “safe harbors”; (4) monitoring and updating the Plan; and (5) issues relating to reasonableness. The training will also outline exactly which programs and properties are – and are not- subject to LEP requirements. <br/> <br/> Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is usually just referred to as “Section 504.” Section 504 provides rights to persons with disabilities in federally-funded programs and activities – including HUD and RD programs. Specifically, Section 504 states “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States ... shall, solely because of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, service or activity receiving federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service.” Section 504 is not the only law that prohibits disability discrimination in programs receiving HUD and RD funds or financial assistance. Other federal laws that require nondiscrimination based on disability include the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act. <br/> <br/> However, this training focuses on Section 504 requirements, including (1) the properties that are subject to Section 504, (2) what is meant by the term “integrated setting,” (3) what is meant by program accessibility, (4) who covers costs relating to Section 504 compliance, (5) the definition of an “accessible unit,” (6) what physical accessibility features are required, and (7) is Section 504 applicable to rehab deals. At the end of this session, participants will understand the requirements of both LEP and Section 504 and will be better able to serve the intended beneficiaries of these two laws and protect the interests of property owners.

Live Schedule

Training Date Training Name Location Details State City Sort Date
12/12/2024 HCCP Review and Exam Richmond, VA Virginia Richmond 2024-12-12
12/11/2024 Advanced LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-12-11
12/10/2024 Intermediate LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-12-10
10/16/2024 Guidelines for Annual Rent Adjustments on HUD Projects Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-10-16
10/16/2024 Ensuring LIHTC Compliance at Year-End (including Average Income Reporting) Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-10-16
09/26/2024 Intermediate LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-09-26
09/17/2024 Income & Assets Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-09-17
09/10/2024 Basic LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-09-10
07/16/2024 Budgeting 101 for Multifamily Affordable Housing Projects Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-07-16
06/19/2024 Management of Mixed Income LIHTC Projects Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-06-19
06/13/2024 HCCP Review and Exam Richmond, VA Virginia Richmond 2024-06-13
06/12/2024 Advanced LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-06-12
06/11/2024 Intermediate LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-06-11
06/06/2024 Implementation of HOTMA Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-06-06
05/16/2024 Income & Assets Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-05-16
05/14/2024 Basic LIHTC Compliance Live Webinar Not Applicable Live Webinar 2024-05-14

On Demand Schedule

Course Information Details
Dealing with Tenant Assets
This two-hour course provides a detailed discussion of requirements related to the determination of asset value and income, and is applicable to all federal housing programs, including the low-income housing tax credit, tax-exempt bonds, Section 8, Section 515, HOME, and Public Housing. Multiple types of assets are covered, both in terms of what constitutes an asset and how they must be verified. The course concludes with a series of problems, designed to test the ability of the attendee to determine the value of an asset and calculate the income from that asset.
Compliance with Federal & State Fair Housing Requirements
The course “Compliance with Federal and State Fair Housing Requirements” will equip attendees with the knowledge and understanding needed to avoid fair housing violations.  The course curriculum is centered around the regulations in the two major fair housing laws, The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The course also includes a discussion of the additional state and local protected characteristics. In addition, relevant portions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) are covered.  The purpose of the Fair Housing Act is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities. Professional fair housing training assists in this mission by ensuring that housing professionals understand both the rights of the public relative to fair housing and the duties and responsibilities of real estate professionals.
The Average Income Minimum Set-Aside: Requirements & Best Practices
The Average Income Minimum Set-Aside Test was added to the LIHTC program in March 2018.  While it is being implemented successfully on many properties, there remains a good deal of industry-wide confusion about the use of the AI set-aside and the risks involved.  This one-hour live webinar will review the requirements of the AI, discuss the risks of this set-aside, and provide best practice recommendations for implementation of the Average Income test.  The Webinar will be presented by A. J. Johnson, a nationally recognized expert on affordable housing who has already provided compliance oversight on multiple properties using the AI set-aside.
Fair Housing Compliance in the Age of COVID-19
This training will provide property managers with guidelines and recommendations for handling COVID-19 fair housing issues. A brief overview of fair housing requirements will be followed by a discussion of how COVID-19 fears may lead to fair housing violations relating to ethnic minorities and the disabled. The relationship between the pandemic and reasonable accommodation requests will be covered, as well as the particular attention that must be paid to potential sexual harassment. Finally, the importance of consistent treatment of applicants and residents will be discussed.