Streamlining Compliance

Cutting waste, boosting cooperation

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The problem: Affordable housing projects face costly compliance obligations that suck valuable time and resources from project owners, funders and residents alike.

The solution, proposed by a group of Oregon nonprofit developers in 2009: Get major public funding entities to adopt a common set of compliance protocols—thereby eliminating redundant work and freeing up resources to serve core community needs.

This groundbreaking idea became the Streamlining Compliance Initiativea two-year planning effort, facilitated by Housing Development Center, which involved representatives of nine major funding jurisdictions across the state.

In January 2012, Streamlining Compliance achieved success. Oregon funders now use a common Annual Property Report and coordinated annual property inspections to jointly monitor affordable housing properties. Via a central web portal, project owners file reports to multiple funders with a single click.

Estimated annual savings to Oregon’s affordable housing system: $4 million.

With a more cost-efficient affordable housing industry, communities are reaping the benefits.

National impact

Streamlining Compliance has reverberated nationally. In November 2011, Oregon joined six other states and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a pilot program to consolidate property inspections by HUD and other federal agencies. In December 2012, the Rental Policy Work Group, a federal advisory body, issued a report that proposed eliminating redundant physical inspections of all federally funded housing projects—for an estimated annual savings of $45 million nationally. Learn more about this report.

How to access Annual Property Report forms and related documents

Oregon project owners can access Annual Property Report forms, instructions and other documents from Oregon Housing and Community Services’ Statewide Streamlining web page.

Diana Koppes
"The Streamlining Compliance Initiative provides cost-saving efficiencies for our agency by reducing our carbon footprint through reduced travel and electronic file review. Additionally, Streamlining Compliance results in fewer intrusions on the lives of the affordable housing residents and reduced compliance costs for property owners. This public-private partnership is a win-win for everyone involved."
  • – Diana Koppes, Division Administrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services