Universal Design & Accessibility in Housing
Florida Housing’s Approach to Accessibility

Florida Housing requires all units of a multifamily rental development to meet all federal requirements and state building code requirements, including the following:

  • 2012 Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction as adopted pursuant to Section 553.503, Florida Statutes;
  • The Fair Housing Act as implemented by 24 CFR 100;
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and
  • Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as implemented by 28 CFR 35, incorporating the most recent amendments, regulations and rules.
 

All Housing Credit Developments must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as implemented by 24 CFR Part 8 (“Section 504 and its related regulations”). To the extent that a Development is not otherwise subject to Section 504 and its related regulations, the Development shall nevertheless comply with Section 504 and its related regulations as requirements of the Housing Credit Program to the same extent as if the Development were subject to Section 504 and its related regulations in all respects. To that end, for purposes of the Housing Credit Program, a Housing Credit Allocation shall be deemed “Federal financial assistance” within the meaning of that term as used in Section 504 and its related regulations for all Housing Credit Developments.

All developments must meet accessibility standards of Section 504. Section 504 accessibility standards require a minimum of 5 percent of the total dwelling units, but not fewer than one unit, to be accessible for individuals with mobility impairments. An additional 2 percent of the total units, but not fewer than one unit, must be accessible for persons with hearing or vision impairments.