ARTICLE FROM PHADA NEWSLETTER
On August 21, 2019, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register titled “Notice of Demonstration To Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols.” This Notice provides a description of the NSPIRE Demonstration that the Department has been discussing with the industry for nearly one year. The Notice also solicits comments on a number of specific questions. Following the public comment period and consideration of submitted feedback, HUD will be able to begin the demonstration.
The Notice largely provides the same information as had been publicly shared to this point. The demonstration will test new methods to collect, process, and evaluate physical inspection data of HUD-assisted housing. The Notice also confirms that the inspection standards developed through the demonstration will be tested for the Housing Choice Voucher program through the UPCS-V Demonstration.
What You Need to Know
- While HUD has not published a timeline for the start of the demonstration, it cannot begin until the comment period closes (October 21, 2019) and HUD reviews the submitted comments.
- HUD intends for NSPIRE to ultimately be used for all HUD-assisted housing.
- HUD seeks to better identify health and safety hazards, and those deficiency criteria are still in development. The list is expected to be similar to the current exigent health and safety items in UPCS and life-threatening conditions in the UPCS-V demonstration.
- The demonstration will test new sampling formulas for units and buildings.
- Through the demonstration, HUD will determine the effectiveness of self-inspections conducted by property management and HUD’s ability to correctly identify at-risk properties and housing authorities (HAs).
- HAs participating in the demonstration will be able to request a UPCS inspection if one is needed.
- Properties in HUD’s Region III will serve as the initial cohort in the demonstration.
- Another proposed rule will be issued this year “that will amend and align overarching policies related to the frequency of inspections, the method of appealing results, and the actors responsible for conducting the inspection.”
Click here to read PHADA’s new Fact Sheet on HUD’s New Physical Inspection Program
As previously reported, HUD is currently accepting pre-registrations for the demonstration on the NSPIRE website. You can also learn more and provide feedback on REAC and the NSPIRE demonstration at the upcoming Legislative Forum in September, including during Committee Meetings and the PIH Panel.