HUD REAC's Revised Plan to restart REAC Inspections
The National Affordable Housing Management Association hosted a call July 17, 2020, with David Vargas, HUD REAC’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, to discuss restarting REAC Inspections, dubbed as REAC’s Return to Operations and Safety First plan. Originally the plan was to announce a start date around July 15th. Due to the recent resurgence of the virus, HUD REAC has postponed announcing a resumption date .
Throughout the call with NAHMA Vargas emphasized safety of residents, owners, and REAC Inspectors as a safety first policy. While the need to ensure decent living conditions in HUD financed/subsidized units is vital, REAC conveyed the following:
- REAC will provide substantial guidance to its Federal and contract inspectors for the safe conduct of inspections.
- REAC will stipulate the required PPE for our contract inspector partners and providing PPE for Federal inspectors.
- The highest priority guiding the resumption of inspections is the health, safety, and welfare of all those involved in the conduct of HUD’s inspection activities.
- Resuming HUD physical inspections will require deference and flexibility for those involved and HUD inspectors must exercise an abundance of caution.
- HUD REAC will notify Owners/Agents at least 45 days prior to the resumption of REAC inspections and the possibility of properties receiving final 14-day notices prior to each inspection scheduled.
- There is no defined date to resume REAC Inspections.
NSPIRE Demonstration - The PowerPoint presentation also included an update about the
• Recently published the list of Life-Threatening Deficiencies
• Integrating NSPIRE Standards into HCV and Project-Based programs
• Revised 65 Standards into new template
• Release Full list of Version 2 Standards July 31, 2020
Vargas's RTO slide presentation is also an advertisement outlining the vast benes for volunteering for NSPIRE. What's not mentioned is that if REAC does not like what it sees during a NSPIRE inspection it will convert to a UPCS inspection with a score. We all know what failing REAC scores mean.