MMHA has implemented the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ‘s National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) inspection protocol on calendar date 7/1/2024 to replace the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) where HUD previously required the HQS protocol as the current standard. This includes the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Shelter + Care and all our Emergency Housing Assistance Programs.

The NSPIRE rule provides that HUD will publish in the Federal Register the NSPIRE inspection standards and scoring methodology to assess the overall condition, health, and safety of properties and units assisted or insured by HUD. The NSPIRE Standards were published for public comment on June 17, 2022 and posted as final on June 22, 2023. On March 28, 2023, HUD published a proposed scoring methodology for public comment. HUD established with this notice the NSPIRE physical inspection scoring and ranking methodology to implement HUD's NSPIRE rule for the Housing Choice Voucher Program as described in the NSPIRE rule. The unified NSPIRE Standards will be used to evaluate compliance with HUD's expectations of housing quality across the distinct programs governed by the regulatory alignment offered in the NSPIRE rule.

NSPIRE Priorities for Inspectors NSPIRE Priorities for HUD

NSPIRE Resources