Fair Housing Resources

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI) has published The BNI Experience in Enforcing Provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act Regarding People with Disabilities: The Lessons Learned, a 53-page report of BNI's investigation of the accessibilit y of new buildings in the Baltimore area. BNI surveyed 59 new complexes and found that 44 of them (75%) were in violation of the Fair Housing Act's accessibility requirements.

The Lessons Learned is extremely detailed and could serve as a manual for anyone wanting to get into the area of disability testing. BNI outlines the importance of surveying sites before actual tests are conducted, the needs of disabled testers, tester recruitment and training, the testing process, and the structuring of a disability lawsuit. At the end of their investigation, BNI filed six lawsuits against seven different developers.

The Lessons Learned from BNI should be read by anyone who is going to investigate violations of the Fair Housing Act's accessibility requirements. It is available for free by contacting BNI. Write them at BNI, 2217 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218. Fax: (410) 889-8653. E-mail: bni@qis.net

Also recently published is the 1996-97 Index to HUD Regulations. The index includes the 1996-97 volumes of HUD assisted housing and community development regulations. The Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) is offering the index for $ 25 per copy.

According to HDLI, the index is a unique finding aid which helps both the novice and expert in HUD programs to locate parts and sections of regulations with ease. All HUD housing assistance and community development programs including public housing, Section 8, CDBG, and FHA insurance are covered. Many key terms and acronyms such as drugs, evictions, fair market rents, lobbying, and mortgage insurance are separately referenced.