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Report to Congress: Photographic Review of HUD-Assisted Properties



Release Date: 
August 2019 (15 pages)
Posted Date:   
September 19, 2019



The Public Housing Capital Fund section of Title II of the Senate Report 115-138 (Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2018) expressly directs HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) to work with the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) “to identify and implement a statistically significant sample photographic review of HUD-assisted properties that received a passing inspection score during fiscal year 2018.” This report describes PD&R’s review of a sample of photos taken of HUD-assisted properties and specifies that the photos provide insufficient evidence to confirm or reject the scoring for any sampled property. Within the report, PD&R illustrates photos from two apartment complexes and describes that none of the Department’s most cited deficiencies can be observed by simply viewing the static images. The report further describes that a more productive approach to the problem would be for PD&R staff to go on-site to accompany REAC during a limited number of inspections.



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