Inspections of HUD housing in Arizona on the decline




    The Department of Housing and Urban Development Office in Washington, D.C.

    Of Arizona’s 235 private and public Housing and Urban Development housing projects, only 17 have had inspections this year, according to data published today by ProPublica.

    The data is part of a larger project by ProPublica to examine Section 8 and HUD housing across the country. They found that, since 2014, more and more properties are failing their inspections.

    The Mirror examined the data from ProPublica and found that the trend had not yet become an issue in the Grand Canyon State.

    Since 2014, the average inspection score in Arizona is 92 for multi-housing complexes and 82 for homes. The lowest score is a 44 from a 2014 inspection of the Coffelt-Lamoreaux apartments in Phoenix.

    It is the first housing project constructed in the state, built in 1953, and was originally intended for veterans. It was almost closed in 2012, only to be renovated earlier this year and re-opened.

    The highest scoring property was the Cottonwood Manor in Cottonwood, which garnered a perfect score this year.

    On average, only about 8 percent of Arizona’s public housing stock has failed inspections since 2014, significantly less than states like Maryland and New Jersey, which have failure rates in the 20s.

    The one trend Arizona does seem to be falling in line with the rest of the country with that the number of inspections seems to be on a decline.

    In 2018, there have only been 17 inspections, compared to 56 in 2017. With only 45 days left in the year, HUD would need to inspect a property every day for 39 days to match last year, and about 5 each day in order to inspect every property.

    When ProPublica reached out to HUD about the decline in inspections,it did not get a response.

    Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
    Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

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