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Using Photos to Improve HQS Oversight in the HCV Program

On July 2, 2013, HUD issued Notice PIH 2013-17, “Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program – Review of Existing HQS Requirements and the Use of Photos to Improve HQS Oversight

According to HUD, the purpose of this Notice is to emphasize the need for PHAs to ensure they are meeting all of their program obligations as they relate to HQS inspections and enforcement. It also offers new guidance on the use of photos during the inspection process and it acknowledges, “Photographs can be an effective tool for improving HQS oversight, including documenting specific HQS deficiencies and verifying HQS corrections.”

The Notice applies to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, including Project-Based Vouchers.

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