Capitol Correspondence - 02.04.20

HUD Updates Guidance on Animals as a Reasonable Accommodation

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Service animals and support animals fulfill vital functions for people with disabilities, making the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recently updated guidance on the issue of deep interest to the disability community. Specifically, the guidance offers “housing providers with a set of best practices for complying with the FHA when assessing requests for reasonable accommodations to keep animals in housing, including the information that a housing provider may need to know from a health care professional about an individual’s need for an assistance animal in housing. This guidance replaces HUD’s prior guidance, FHEO-2013-01, on housing providers’ obligations regarding service animals and assistance animals.”

The full guidance is available here.

A fact sheet is available here.