|HUD Region V No. 11-165
Laura J. Feldman
November 14, 2011
FEDERAL AGENCIES JOIN FORCES WITH MINNESOTA HOUSING IN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUSH TO REDUCE REGULATORY BURDEN ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS
Federal rental alignment initiative eliminates duplicate physical inspection requirements
CHICAGO - Today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Minneapolis Field Office Director Dexter Sidney, United States Department of Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal announced an interagency agreement to reduce duplicate physical inspections of local subsidized affordable housing, allowing developers and owners to focus on delivering more housing and resources to those in need.
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to better coordinate federal rental policy, HUD, Treasury and USDA are piloting programs in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and Washington to avoid duplicate inspections and reduce regulatory burdens when rental housing projects are subsidized through more than one federal agency. Developers and owners often work with several federal agencies to be able to house the lowest-income tenants. In the past this meant duplicate requirements and extra paperwork.
"This initiative is an important step forward in the administration's desire to streamline government policies and build strong inter-agency partnerships to serve the American public as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible," said Dexter Sidney, HUD's Minneapolis Field Office Director, who was representing Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator. "It is an excellent example of HUD partnering with federal and state agencies to eliminate burdensome requirements and provide seamless coordination for our customers."
"Any time we improve the efficiency of a government process, and reduce the burden on our property owners and developers - that's a success," said USDA Rural Development's Minnesota Director Colleen Landkamer. "USDA Rural Development is proud to make this agreement with our colleagues at Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Treasury, for we know that reducing duplication between our agencies frees up time and resources that we can better spend providing affordable housing to those who need it most."
"We have worked very closely with our partners at HUD and Rural Development and are happy to be a part of this innovative pilot," said Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner of Minnesota Housing. "I look forward to continuing to find new ways to reform government and better meet the needs of our partners who help deliver affordable housing to Minnesota and ultimately our residents who call these developments home."
In response to the White House's Domestic Policy Council request for better coordinated federal rental policy, HUD, USDA Rural Development, Treasury, and State Housing Finance Officials have worked together since April to align the often burdensome program requirements of different affordable rental housing government programs.
The MOU approved by HUD, Treasury, and USDA Rural Development is an administrative solution that better utilizes and aligns state and federal affordable rental housing program policies.
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