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HUD Issues Notice on Long Awaited Deregulation for Small Rural Agencies

Crystal Wojciechowski, PHADA Policy Analyst

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice entitled, “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: Initial Guidance on Property Inspections and Environmental Reviews,” (the Act) on February 27, 2020. This long-awaited guidance implements useful provisions that can reduce administrative burdens for small, rural public housing authorities (PHAs).

PHADA has worked diligently for years to advocate for the reduction of administrative burdens to all PHAs, particularly small agencies. Within the last decade, the Small Housing Authority Reform Proposal (SHARP) originally conceived by PHADA, kickstarted the discussion on regulatory provisions that would make better use of current funding, save both HUD and PHAs the costs of duplicative and excessive requirements, and allow agencies to focus more on residents and their needs, over unnecessary paperwork – the right balance between oversight and flexibility. In fact, all three of the deregulatory provisions in this notice can be found in the original SHARP proposal.

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