A composite photo, the left side depicting HUD Secretary Ben Carson speaking with a HUD stakeholder and the right side depicting the exterior of an apartment building and surrounding grounds.
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REAC is committed to building enduring relationships with all residents. Through the development and evaluation of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE), REAC seeks to maintain a resident-focused approach that prioritizes resident health and safety. Throughout the development of NSPIRE, REAC has sought feedback from key resident stakeholders, through in-person meetings, as well as, the formal request for public comments, on ways in which the department can improve collaboration and resident engagement in the inspection process.

New Demonstration Procedures

As a result of the recommendations and feedback received, REAC will incorporate and evaluate two new procedures into the NSPIRE Demonstration. First, HUD will evaluate methods for including up to five additional dwelling units in the NSPIRE inspection.

  • The additional dwelling unit sample will be identified in advance by a resident group.
  • The additional dwelling units will not be included in determining the advisory NSPIRE score.
  • If a residentā€™s group is not available, HUD will use a risk model to select units above and beyond those selected by the sample.
  • REAC believes this will improve transparency and trust in the REAC inspection.

Next, REAC is researching best practices in stakeholder engagement.

  • Voluntary surveys will be administered in advance to residentsā€™ groups.
  • REAC aims to reduce the administrative burden of participating in a resident-focused inspection survey while promoting strategies to facilitate resident survey response rates.
  • REAC aims to identify ways to integrate the survey findings into the NSPIRE Demonstration.
  • REAC is committed to exploring advanced technology solutions and data collection methods that will provide an additional mechanism for resident feedback and improve the REAC inspection process.
  • REAC believes this new procedure will ultimately improve REACā€™s understanding of resident concerns.