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Current FOIA processing time for routine FOIA requests is 30 days and 45 days for complex FOIA requests.
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552, enacted in 1966, requires federal agencies to provide documents after receiving a written request for them. An agency can withhold certain records from disclosure under nine different exemptions.

Many HUD documents are already available on this website, so we hope you'll check the Frequently Requested Materials and E-FOIA Reading Room first before submitting a written request. It is also helpful to search the hud.gov website.

Those looking under FOIA for particular applications, visit Frequently Requested Materials first.

If you don't find what you're looking for online, please submit a FOIA request by email at HUDFOIA@hud.gov, fax at (202) 619-8365, or in writing:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Freedom of Information Act Office
451 7th Street, SW, Room 10139
Washington, DC 20410-3000

Requesters need to provide the following in their communication:

  1. Records they are requesting
  2. Subject matter
  3. Date range of such records
  4. Contact information (including email, mailing address, phone number and/or fax number)

Please note that all FOIA requests must be in writing. No telephone requests will be accepted. Please be as specific as possible as to what documents you want. If you don't know the exact title of the documents, please provide a reasonable description of the documents to shorten processing time.