The Northern Marianas Housing Corp. expects to get a medium score in the Real Estate Assessment Center inspection on Rota subdivision that is scheduled at the end of the month, according to corporate director Jesse Palacios.
He said a medium score, which ranges between 80 and 89 points out of the 100-point system, would mean an inspection once every two years.
REAC's mission is to provide and promote the use of accurate, timely, and reliable information assessing the condition of Housing and Urban Development's portfolio; to provide information to help ensure safe, decent and affordable housing; and to identify fraud, abuse and waste of HUD resources.
The Rota subdivision was not included in the assessment conducted by REAC inspector William Wong in September 2012.
Only three properties were inspected during last year's visit. Both Koblerville and Mihaville on Saipan scored 88 while the Tinian subdivision received 97.
“The delay of the federal inspector is due to the flight situation to Rota,” Palacios told Saipan Tribune.
Meanwhile, Palacios revealed that NMHC technical maintenance coordinator Scott Pinaula is scheduled to fly to Rota next week to conduct a follow up inspection on a foreclosed property from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.
The property, he said, was one of the rehabilitation projects in Sinapalo using Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 funds.
“We needed to renovate it and make it available to low-income families on Rota,” said Palacios.
NSP is a funding program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provides emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight.
Palacios said that another property rehabilitated using NSP3 funds is on Tinian.