LAWS & REGULATIONS
IN HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
When considering a housing project or commercial development project that uses State or Federal funding as a portion of the overall project, there are several laws and regulations to be familiar with.
The list below will provide you will a brief synopsis of some of these regulations and a link where you can access additional information. Please contact the appropriate State or Federal Deparment for any clarifications to these Laws.
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Web Site
DAVIS BACON: The Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) requires the payment of prevailing wage rates, as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), to all laborers and mechanics on most Federal construction projects costing more than $2,000.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Web Site
Contractor's Guide to Davis-Bacon
This guide explains what is required of contractors and subcontractors working on construction projects covered by the Federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage and reporting requirements.
FAIR HOUSING: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Web Site
LEAD PAINT: Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood.
Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness and irritability. Children who are lead poisoned may show no symptoms.
Both inside and outside the home, deteriorated lead-paint mixes with household dust and soil and becomes tracked in. Children may become lead poisoned by:
-Putting their hands or other lead-contaminated objects into their mouths,
-Eating paint chips found in homes with peeling or flaking lead-based paint, or
-Playing in lead-contaminated soil
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Lead Paint Web Site
SECTION 8 HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS:The goal of any housing program is to provide "decent, safe and sanitary" housing at an affordable cost to low-income families. HQS defines "standard housing" and establishes the minimum criteria necessary for the health and safety of program participants.
HQS regulations provide performance requirements and acceptability criteria to meet each performance requirement. HQS includes requirements for all housing types, including single and multi-family dwelling units, as well as specific requirements for special housing types such as manufactured homes, congregate housing, single room occupancy (SROs), shared housing and group residences (GRs).
The HUD Housing Inspection Manual for Section 8 Housing, available through the HUD user at 800-245-2691, and the HUD Inspection Form, form HUD-52580 (3/01) and Inspection Checklist, form HUD 52580-A (9/00), available through HUDCLIPS website: www.hud.gov/hudclips .
HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS INSPECTION FORM