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HUD Extends NSPIRE-V Compliance Date

As previously reported in the Advocate, PHADA and other industry groups met with Secretary Adrianne Todman in May. Among other issues, the groups raised concerns about the timing and volume of new regulations and requirements imposed by HUD in recent months. The groups also noted those problems are compounded by inadequate funding, rising tenant account receivables, and big increases in the cost of insurance. In addition, PHADA has pointed out the NSPIRE-V implementation timeline may negatively affect landlord participation in the voucher program. We therefore recommended that HUD defer NSPIRE-V and work with HAs, owners, and others to first resolve inspection problems encountered in the public and multifamily housing programs.

PHADA appreciates that HUD has granted the request for an extension. The Department’s June 14 communication from Richard J. Monocchio, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD-PIH, which was released too late for the new edition of the Advocate, is below.




Update on NSPIRE for HCV

I would like to provide an update on the implementation of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs, or “NSPIRE-V.” We have heard from many agencies that implementing NSPIRE with so many other new HUD regulatory requirements has been challenging, and that they are concerned they will not be able to meet the compliance deadline of October 1, 2024. In response to these reasonable concerns and our desire to implement new requirements effectively, I will issue an extension to the compliance date for NSPIRE-V for one year, until October 1, 2025.

PIH will re-issue the original NSPIRE-V notice with updated information in light of the extension. HUD published the original NSPIRE HCV Administrative Procedures notice on September 29, 2023. PHAs should also watch for an announcement in the Federal Register once the HCV extension is final.

This email provides highlights of the extension that will be clarified in the Federal Register and updated HCV Administrative Procedures notice in the coming weeks.


Housing Quality Standards Extension

  • The original NSPIRE HCV Administrative Procedures notice provided information about implementing the NSPIRE inspection protocol and announced additional time for PHAs to retain the previously defined Housing Quality Standards (HQS) as their inspection standard until October 1, 2024. The re-issued notice will articulate actions PHAs can take to meet the new compliance extension date of October 1, 2025. This notice will be published in the coming weeks.
  • It is important for PHAs to note that the NSPIRE Standard for Carbon Monoxide Alarms will still apply during this extension, because it implements Congressional requirements already in effect.
  • Soon, HUD will update the NSPIRE Smoke Alarm standard to implement the requirements enacted in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, for either hard wired or sealed, 10-year batteries smoke alarms. PHAs will be required to be in compliance with this new standard before December 23, 2024, even if they are still under the previously defined HQS standard.
  • The Visual Assessment Standard for Potential Lead-Based Paint Hazards still applies, as NSPIRE did not revise the existing requirements under 24 CFR Part 35 Subparts M (Tenant-Based Rental Assistance) and H (Project-Based Assistance).
  • PHAs that have existing approvals for acceptability criteria variations will still need these approvals reviewed by HUD, but this deadline is extended to before October 1, 2025. All current acceptability criteria variations and alternate inspection methods can remain in place until HUD completes the review unless they included approval of fuel-burning space heaters. Approval of their use as a variation concluded on January 1, 2024. PHAs with questions on variations can email: NSPIREV_AlternateInspection@hud.gov.


Helping PHAs Implement NSPIRE

HUD has developed training that includes a combination of PowerPoint presentations, infographics as well as instructional videos that are posted on the NSPIRE website. The latest training for the HCV program on the HUD Exchange, includes video demonstrations of how to inspect items under NSPIRE. For more information, visit the NSPIRE homepage and sign up for the mailing list to be alerted to new trainings and technical assistance products. Questions can be sent to: NSPIRE@hud.gov.

We all have vital roles to ensure HUD residents live in safe homes. We appreciate your partnership and diligence as we implement NSPIRE-V for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Thank you for your tireless effort to improve the lives of the families we serve each day.

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