Last week, HUD published the final rule for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE), which establishes a new approach to defining and assessing housing quality. NSPIRE has been a voluntary demonstration for the last three years and replaces Housing Quality Standards and Uniform Physical Condition Standards.

NSPIRE will apply to public housing inspections beginning July 1 and to the Housing Choice Voucher, Project-Based Voucher, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) programs October 1.

HUD will provide its grantees with additional transition information in three core “Subordinate Notices” to come: the NSPIRE Standards Notice, the NSPIRE Scoring Notice and the NSPIRE Administrative Notice. HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development will issue additional NSPIRE guidance for the HOME, HTF, ESG, HOPWA and CoC programs. Other HUD offices will similarly publish further guidance for specific programs.