Exigent Health & Safety: Surviving REAC Inspections
Ms. James achieved M.S., Urban Affairs and B.A, degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. During her federal government career with the U.S. Department of Housing (HUD), she streamlined the monitoring and enforcement procedures of the Federal Labor standards Division. This resulted in numerous workers receiving outstanding underpayment compensation. Prior to joining the HUD forces, she was designated Labor Standards Officer and Environmental Specialist with Milwaukee County monitoring program compliance for CDBG funded projects. Ms. James wrote federal labor standards articles informing contractors on Davis-Bacon project compliance She served as a liaison between County Supervisors and the County’s Minority Disadvantage Business Program developing procurement procedures expanding contractor participation.
Ms. James has lectured in Urban Planning and Land Use, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) since her retirement from HUD. She introduced students to government programs and urban development. Ms. James was appointed to California State Council, selected Chair, Housing & Community Development which she successfully completed her term.
Today, Ms. James along with her husband, Arthur James is Principal Founders of AMMIRACL Consultant/Advisor business that provides consultation on federal labor standards projects. AMMIRACLE is a minority veteran business with certifications as SVOSB, California SB & DVBE, and a proud member Disabled Business Alliance, Los Angeles Chapter.
The participants of the webinar will gain knowledge of Exigent Health & Safety (EH&S) standards under HUD’s REAC physical inspections. Also, the webinar will review the Exigent Health & Safety deficiencies which “trigger” citations and violations of the Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPSC). Will ensure participants mitigate the deficiencies within the applicable time frames.
The participants will be able to identify the eight (8) Exigent Health & Safety hazards according to the UPSC inspection protocol which results in Exigent Health & Safety deficiencies. In addition, participants will learn tips to mitigate and correct Exigent Health & Safety deficiencies to improve assessment scores for Owners/Agents. A sample of the HUD Property Owner Certification is reviewed to ensure that Project Owners complete the form certifying to correcting the deficiencies.
The webinar will present tips in preparing and scheduling for Public Housing REAC inspections increasing knowledge of the inspection process. The helpful information tips can help Property Owners/Agents improve assessment scores for safe, decent and sanitary housing. Participants will learn when the 24 hour/72 hour rules apply in correcting the Exigent Health & Safety deficiencies.
Participants will understand the enforcement actions and penalties as a result of the lack of compliance with the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS). The webinar will highlight actions that will be enforced if the property does not meet standards upon re-inspection consistent with current HUD policy and applicable statutes, regulations, and contracts.
- Understanding PIH/ REAC Physical Inspections, Exigent Health & Safety Citations
- Tips on Mitigation of Exigent Health & Safety Deficiencies
- HUD Property Owner Certification
- Scheduling/Preparing for best REAC Inspection
- Processes available to challenge physical inspection scores
- Lack of Owner Compliance
Course Level - Basic/Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- Contract Administrators
- Asset Managers
- Public Housing staff responsible for housing inspections
Why Should You Attend
Project Owners/Management which fail to correct Exigent Health and Safety Deficiencies and certify the corrections are made in proper order, risk violation of applicable Regulatory Agreements. The Owner must certify the corrections to HUD in writing within a timely manner. The failure to timely address and document the Exigent Safety & Health corrections can result in the cancellation of your Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract, or other applicable HUD housing contracts.
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) began conducting physical inspections for all public housing, HUD-insured multifamily housing, and other HUD-assisted housing in 1998. The Uniform Physical Condition (UPCS) Standards were used to ensure that the properties meet HUD’s standards for decent, safe and sanitary conditions in good repair. HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical assessment center, has standardized electronic reporting of physical inspections including Exigent Health & Safety (EH&S) deficiencies. HUD’s Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) identify specific Exigent Health & Safety (EH&S) deficiencies requiring immediate repair/corrections in a timely manner. Further, the regulations require that all areas of housing are clear of health and safety hazards.