NSPIRE Voluntary Demonstration Open Registration Announced

Regulation | July 22, 2019 | by

HUD announced July 19 that property owners/agents and PHAs across the country can pre-register one or more of their properties to be considered for selection in the demonstration to be held over the next couple of years to develop and test a new format for conducting the physical inspection of HUD subsidized properties. The department is seeking participation from 4,500 properties.

HUD is moving forward in its efforts to create a new physical housing inspection model - recently christened National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) - and is seeking 4,500 properties to be selected from a nationwide voluntary pool of Public Housing Authorities and Property Owners and Agents will help test the standards, protocols, and processes prior to nationwide implementation.

Registration Details and Process

If interested in participating in the demonstration, please complete and submit the pre-registration information. Pre-registration will remain open until the formal demonstration notice is published in the Federal Register. HUD has indicated that, upon the publishing date, registration will open and remain throughout the demonstration OR until we have met the needed number of properties to participate. Once pre-registered, no further action is required to register.

While owner/agents are encouraged to pre-register one or multiple properties for acceptance into the Demonstration, there is no requirement to submit all properties within a portfolio. In fact, HUD has indicated that the selection process “will begin with properties from Region III and will continue until a nationwide representative group is chosen.” Submission of an application does not constitute acceptance into the program nor does it obligate the PHA or POA in any way. Further, once accepted into the Demonstration, participants may voluntarily withdraw any or all properties at any time.

HUD has created a Bulk Registration Form (MS-Excel) to add or update additional property information once at least one property has been entered in the system.

Acceptance or rejection notifications will be sent out separately from the confirmation that a property registration application has been received. Acceptance notifications will contain additional information such as terms and conditions of participation, and the process and implications of withdrawing from the Demonstration.

HUD anticipates that the first-round of Demonstration participants will be selected by September 2019.

Why Volunteer

 

According to HUD, the benefits of participation are: 

  • Only one inspection! Scores are advisory.
  • Participation in focus groups, listening sessions, conference calls, and training sessions on policies and procedures.
  • Have a direct line to HUD! Your feedback will help HUD shape the new inspection model.
  • Take advantage of training opportunities, including how to use the inspection software.

 

Conditions for Participation

  • Annually inspect 100 percent of your units. Self-inspections are to be submitted electronically for evaluation but will NOT be scored.
  • Schedule a mutually agreed inspection date with a HUD inspector, so demonstration data can be collected.
  • If property conditions warrant, HUD reserves the right to order and execute a UPCS inspection and apply any available remedies, sanctions, or other actions as determined by the results.
  • If your property is subject to an existing HUD Compliance, Disposition, and Enforcement or Corrective Action Plan, you cannot participate in the Demonstration.
  • If your most recent REAC score was 70 or less, and you are not currently subject to corrective action, your property may be considered for inclusion in the Demonstration on a case-by-case basis.
  • Agree to participate in focus groups, listening sessions, conference calls, and training sessions.

 

Additional Resources:

  • LeadingAge articles and analysis of the NSPIRE demonstration including latest developments can be found here.
  • REAC’s main webpage on the NSPIRE demo can be found here.
  • Questions can be submitted to NSPIRE directly.