Arkansas Online:

Public housing leaders across the state are mounting an effort to shed some regulations and reporting requirements placed on them by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

On Thursday, the Arkansas chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials gathered in part to send letters to members of Congress in support of the association's Small Housing Authority Reform Proposal. The HUD regulations have accrued over time.

"I'm finishing my 13th year with housing, and in that time there's been 13 years of [regulatory] changes -- nothing is ever the same, there's always a new regulation," said David Lange, president of the national housing association and executive director of the Paragould Housing Authority. "They don't take away regulations, they just give you new ones."

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