How do I request copies of documents from HUD under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552, enacted in 1966, requires federal agencies to provide documents after receiving a written request for them.  An agency can withhold certain records from disclosure under nine different exemptions.

Many HUD documents are already available on HUD's FOIA website so we hope you'll check the Frequently Requested Materials and E-FOIA Reading Room first before submitting a written request.  It is also helpful to search the website.

For more information and how to submit an FOIA request please visit HUD's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) web site at


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