Fair Housing Focus - Assistance Animals & Service Animals - Webinar 2/23/23

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Fair Housing Focus - Assistance Animals & Service Animals - Webinar 2/23/23

Learn about reasonable accommodation requests for animals in affordable housing.

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Assistance Animals are a Key Part of Fair Housing

Assistance animals can make all the difference to a resident with disabilities. During this 90-minute webinar, Amanda Gross will breakdown assistance and support animal reasonable accommodations and the requirements under the Fair Housing Act.

Assistance Animals and Fair Housing

Animals can play a very important role in assisting persons with disabilities and as part of therapeutic activities and services. Most people are aware of the role of service animals, such as guide dogs, but there are other types of supportive animals that some people may be less familiar with, such as emotional support animals

Regardless of whether it is a service animal or an emotional support animal, all housing professionals need to be of the requirements related to these types of animals under the Fair Housing Act.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests for Service or Assistance Animals

Animals can play a very important role in assisting persons with disabilities and as part of therapeutic activities and services. Most people are aware of the role of service animals, such as guide dogs, but there are other types of supportive animals that some people may be less familiar with, such as emotional support animals.

Regardless of whether it is a service animal or an emotional support animal, all housing professionals need to be of the requirements related to these types of animals under the Fair Housing Act.

  • Who is considered disabled under Fair Housing Law?
  • Who can verify an individual's disability, and when is verification permitted?
  • What is a reasonable accommodation?
  • Can a housing provider require that assistance animals be specially trained?
  • Can a housing provider apply weight or breed limits on assistance animals?
  • In what circumstances is it permissible to deny a specific assistance animal?
  • Amanda will also review the recently published HUD notice on assistance animals.

Processing Reasonable Accommodations correctly with proper documentation, compassion, and professionalism

Mastering reasonable accommodations is a vital skill for housing professionals. Understanding fair housing and how to apply it to every conceivable scenario is part of the expertise to get to the next level. This knowledge can be applied to every funding program and even market-rate housing.

This course is part of our Fair Housing Essentials Series and includes two hours of CE that can be used towards obtaining your Fair Housing A.C.E. Designation.


  • Instructor: Amanda Gross
  • Type of Instruction: 2 Hour Live Video Presentation
  • Certification: 2 Hours of CEU
  • Certificate Provided: Yes 
  • Cost Per Person: $150.00-$175.00
  • Hours Applied to ACE Certification: Fair Housing Essentials
  • Manual: PDF Manual Download