Pilot Program to Reduce Duplicate Inspections
Six states have worked out an understanding with HUD to reduce duplicate inspections of affordable housing units. The states hope that by cutting back on repetitive housing inspections, those resources can go toward providing more affordable housing. The agreement is part of the Obama administration's goal of streamlining federal rental policy.
The six states involved in the agreement are Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. The agreement also aims to reduce regulatory requirements for properties that are subsidized through more than one agency. These requirements are often duplicative and take up valuable resource allocations.
Michigan will lead the pilot program through its State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The memorandum of understanding represents the coordinated efforts of HUD, USDA-RD, Treasury, and MSHDA in identifying overlapping requirements between agencies and creating a more unified reporting and inspection process. The pilot is the result of a request from the White House's Domestic Policy Council to find ways to increase the efficiency and improve service delivery across federal housing agencies.