|(a) A unit is not considered to be fully accessible unless it meets the requirements of the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). All units that are accessible to persons with mobility impairments must be on an accessible route. (Source: HUD Handbook 4350.3, Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs, §2-22(C)(4)) (b) Recipients must give priority to methods that offer housing in the most integrated setting possible (i.e., a setting that enables qualified persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities to interact to the fullest extent possible). To the maximum extent feasible and subject to reasonable health and safety requirements, accessible units must be: (1) Distributed throughout the project and site; and (2) Made available in a sufficient range of sizes and amenities so that the choice of living arrangements of qualified persons with disabilities is, as a whole, comparable to that of other persons eligible for housing assistance under the same program. (Source: 24 CFR §8.26) (c) Multifamily housing projects covered by this subchapter and built after July 11, 1988 must have a minimum of 5% of the units in multifamily housing that are fully accessible in accordance with the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and an additional 2% that are accessible to persons with visual and hearing impairments. This obligation is an absolute requirement. For buildings that fall within this category, an owner may not justify a failure to have met these requirements because of an undue financial and administrative burden. This requirement also applies to units that are newly constructed to replace demolished or uninhabitable units. (d) Multifamily housing projects which are designed and constructed only for homeownership are not subject to the 5%/2% requirement. However, they are subject to the other requirements of this subchapter, including, but not limited to, the requirements found in §60.207(a)(2) and §60.209 of this subchapter. (e) Multifamily housing designed and constructed for first occupancy after March 13, 1991 containing covered dwelling units must comply with the design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act. (f) Covered multifamily dwelling housing is buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units if such buildings have one or more elevators and ground floor dwelling units in other buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units. (Source: 24 CFR §8.22, HUD Handbook 4350.3, §2-35, Telesca v. Long Island Housing Partnership, 443 F. Supp. 2nd 397 (E.D. N.Y. 2006), 42 USC §3604(f)(3)). EXAMPLE 203(1): A recipient receives funding from the Department and will construct a 10 unit homeownership project. The requirement that 5% of the units are accessible to persons with mobility impairments and 2% of the units are accessible to persons with sensory impairments does not apply. However, structural changes that are needed by a purchaser with a family member who has a disability are subject to the requirement that the recipient make reasonable accommodations, including structural changes that may be necessary to enable the family to live in the unit. So a request that a ramp be constructed to access the front porch of a homeownership unit to accommodate the disability of a 12 year old resident or prospective resident must be provided as a reasonable accommodation, unless the accommodation presents an undue financial and administrative hardship or constitutes a fundamental alteration of the program. In addition, if some or all of the units are covered by the design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act, those units must comply with the requirements.