Many folks often wonder why it is difficult to get HUD to make changes to their rules. The answer is simple in some regards and very complex in others. For example, statutes govern much of what HUD does. Statutes are basically laws enacted by Congress and can only be waived or changed by Congress, so they should be considered “unchangeable.” At the opposite end of the spectrum is a Guidebook – such as the MAP Guide – which is written by HUD program staff and can be waived at the Regional Director level. For more detail, see the table below:

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