HUD Guidance on Service Animals

By Debra Mayes

May 2, 2013

Those in attendance at the OCCD Spring Quarterly for the fair housing presentation are aware of the conversation by audience and Joyce Hill, OCD Civil Rights Specials and Ronnell Thomlinson, Director of Housing Enforcement & ADR Mediation for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission pertaining to service animals.  The following was provided by Joyce -

Subject: Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs

  •   Purpose: This notice explains certain obligations of housing providers under the Fair Housing Act (FHAct), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to animals that provide assistance to individuals with disabilities. The Department of Justice's (DOJ) amendments to its regulations' for Titles II and III of the ADA limit the definition of "service animal" under the ADA to include only dogs, and further define "service animal" to exclude emotional support animals. This definition, however, does not limit housing providers' obligations to make reasonable accommodations for assistance animals under the FHAct or Section 504. Persons with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation for any assistance animal, including an emotional support animal, under both the FHAct and Section 504. In situations where the ADA and the FHAct/Section 504 apply simultaneously (e.g., a public housing agency, sales or leasing offices, or housing associated with a university or other place of education), housing providers must meet their obligations under both the reasonable accommodation standard of the FHAct/Section 504 and the service animal provisions of the ADA.


  •   Applicability: This notice applies to all housing providers covered by the FHAct, Section 504, and/or the ADA2.

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