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Housing Committee Discusses NSPIRE

Seth Embry, PHADA Policy Analyst

At last month’s Legislative Forum, the Housing Committee held a detailed and productive discussion about HUD’s plans to overhaul the inspection process for assisted housing programs. Members continue to raise issues with the 14-day notification period as HUD’s and the inspectors’ inflexibility unnecessarily complicate and burden housing authorities. Members report apparent inconsistencies between the Department’s stated policy concerning scheduling and the practices of inspectors. (At a separate session during the conference, Assistant Secretary R. Hunter Kurtz agreed to clarify procedures for local field offices to assist with scheduling).

Among the items both in the current inspections procedure and the NSPIRE demonstration about which members expressed concern include the following:

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