Nearly four million American families live in rental housing that is owned, insured, or subsidized by HUD. To ensure that these families have housing that is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) conducts approximately 20,000 physical inspections on properties each year. With that many inspections taking place across the country, making the process more efficient and cost-effective - not to mention less burdensome for everyone involved - is the kind of change that’s easy to embrace.
And with that, we’re pleased to welcome you to the Physical Inspection Alignment Initiative, which seeks to streamline the inspections process by reducing - and whenever possible, eliminating - redundant inspections. Fewer inspections not only saves time, but reduces costs and minimizes the inconvenience on both residents and housing service providers. On these pages, you’ll learn about the Inspection Alignment process, and see the latest updates, resources, tools, and information about the Initiative. This interagency effort began in 2011 with six participating state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs), and is projected to grow to include 33 HFAs in 2016.