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Housing Discrimination & People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: December 19, 2017
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Key terms and definitions
  • Reasonable accomodations concepts & examples
  • Common sources for complaints
  • Common defense strategies
  • Relevant Case Law
  • Damages
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: December 19, 2017


Persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected by housing discrimination, with disability issues accounting for over half of complaints last year. Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. Our experts will provide an overview of the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, discuss who is covered under these laws, and examine the duties that housing providers have under these laws.

This program was recorded on December 19th, 2017.

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American Bar Association
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Sheila C. Salmon

Coan & Lyons

Sheila C. Salmon is a Partner at Coan & Lyons specializing in housing and urban affairs, fair housing, real estate, and probate. She is a certified fair housing trainer for the National Affordable Housing Management Association, an organization advocating affordable housing on behalf of property owners and managers.

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Sara Pratt

Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC

Ms. Pratt practices in the area of fair housing and civil rights, including lending and civil rights compliance.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. She was responsible for overseeing HUD’s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other related laws. She also developed national policy and enforcement activities relating to fair housing and civil rights. She led the negotiations that led to the settlement of Assistant Secretary v. Associated Bank, the country’s largest lending redlining settlement, with relief totaling over $200 million, the settlement of National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Wells Fargo, the settlement of allegations of discrimination based on race and national origin in the maintenance and marketing of REO properties with relief totaling $42 million, and numerous cases involving allegations of discrimination based on sex and familial status by lenders.

Ms. Pratt also participated in numerous policy development initiatives during her time at HUD. Her work included the development of the proposed and final rule on Discriminatory Effects under the Fair Housing Act, the proposed and final rule on the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing, the proposed rule describing unlawful harassment under the Fair Housing Act, and the proposed rule interpreting Section 3 of the Housing and Community Development Act. She developed a wide range of policy initiatives including those addressing discrimination against victims of domestic violence as unlawful discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, the application of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to persons with limited English proficiency, the use of arrest and conviction records consistent with civil rights and statutory prohibitions, and the application of various civil rights law to zoning, patterns of segregation, limitations on siting affordable housing and the application of civil rights principles to HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) project.

Ms. Pratt served as a subject matter expert on accessibility for the Fair Housing Accessibility Project and has developed and presented numerous presentations and consulted on housing accessibility issues. She also participated in the development of the 1994 FFIEC Policy Statement on Fair Lending.

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