Full Version: Role of MPOs in the coordination and administration of HUD programs
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The core administrative responsibilities associated with receiving HUD block grants (auditing, planning, and reporting, including those around fair housing) are largely the same for all communities. As the regulatory burden has remained the same or increased in recent years, funding levels have decreased, leaving recipient communities struggling to both meet regulatory requirements and spend funds effectively. Many entitlements spend money supporting similar programs, but also many of the same entities carry out these programs. This combination of issues creates a situation ripe for greater collaboration and coordination. What role can metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) or entities with regional planning mandates play in the coordination and administration of HUD programs? Can this mirror the role that they play in the programming of federal transportation funds, with prioritized expenditures serving to gain efficiencies, better allocate limited resources, and provide more consistent oversight and programming of funds?