3) Training for State Housing Finance Agencies and Others
HUD and Justice will make training available upon request to state housing finance agencies and other entities (e.g., developers, property management companies, syndicators) on the Act, including training on inspecting for Act accessibility criteria referenced in the uniform physical condition standards in 24 CFR 5.703. HUD will also encourage substantially equivalent state and local fair housing agencies to invite state housing finance agencies and other entities to participate in civil rights training developed by the substantially equivalent agencies.
4) HUD=s Pilot Program to Train Architects on the Act=s Accessibility Requirements
HUD has begun the process of developing a pilot program in one region of the country to provide training and technical assistance to architects and others on the accessible design and construction requirements of the Act. HUD has also proposed expanding this program to four regions in FY 2001. HUD will promote participation in the program by members of the American Institute of Architects, including those involved with the design and construction of low-income housing tax credit properties.
5) Cooperation in Research Concerning Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties
HUD and Treasury will cooperate in research sponsored by either Department concerning low-income housing tax credit properties.
6) Cooperation to Identify and Remove Unlawful Barriers to Section 8 Tenants
In consultation with the state housing finance agencies, HUD, Justice, and the IRS will cooperate in identifying and removing unlawful barriers to occupancy of low- income housing tax credit properties by individuals holding section 8 vouchers.
7) Cooperation in Assisting Syndicators of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
HUD, Justice, and the IRS will cooperate in helping the national associations of investment syndicators of low-income housing tax credit properties to enhance practices by syndicators in monitoring and promoting compliance with the Act and the low-income housing tax credit program.
8) Annual Civil Rights Meeting Among Federal Agencies and Participation in National Conference of State Housing Finance Agencies
HUD, Justice, Treasury, and other interested federal agencies will meet annually to discuss emerging civil rights issues and new methods and programs to increase civil rights compliance in the low-income housing tax credit program. IRS will encourage the state housing finance agencies to invite HUD and Justice to the annual national conference of state housing finance agencies. HUD and Justice agree to designate personnel to conduct training and discuss emerging civil rights issues at the national
Revised October 2009