The US Access Board Issues New Guidelines About Temporary Emergency Housing

The US Access Board issued new guidelines about temporary housing provided during emergencies.  The Access Board developed an overview of the guidelines to accompany the lengthier final rule.  Temporary housing units provided by the government in times of disaster are transportable and smaller than other types of housing.  This presents unique accessibility challenges.  The Board will hold a public briefing on the guidelines in New York City on May 15.   Although the rule becomes effective June 6, 2014, compliance will not be required until the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Justice (DOJ) update their accessibility standards.