HUD's Office of Environment and Energy has developed an online system for developing, documenting, and managing environmental reviews. It covers all levels of environmental reviews for both Part 50 and Part 58 projects and includes on-screen guidance for completing HUD environmental reviews.
HEROS is available to the following user types:
HEROS is currently available for staff of the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) entitlement communities (Responsible Entities - REs) in all regions. If you work for a CPD entitlement and would like to request HEROS access, please use the HEROS Access Form.
HEROS is only available to REs, grantees, applicants, consultants or users working with state-administered, Native American, or Public Housing on a programmatic basis.
The following list provides information on the Part 58 programs for which REs may now complete environmental reviews in HEROS:
HEROS is available for HUD Staff to prepare Part 50 environmental reviews for the following programs. HUD staff who require HEROS access should work with their program office to request access. HEROS access requests for HUD staff must be submitted by the user’s direct supervisor via Digital Identity Access Management System (DIAMS). For instructions on making a DIAMS request, view the Access for HUD Staff guidance.
HEROS is available for Partner Users (e.g. consultants, lenders, PHAs, applicants, nonprofits, and other recipients) to prepare environmental reviews for the following select programs. Partners working with any of the programs listed below may request HEROS access using the HEROS Access Form.
To set up an account in HEROS, Responsible Entity and Partner (Part 58 & Part 50) organizations must complete the HEROS Access Form. The HEROS Access Form does not apply to HUD staff.
View the HEROS Access Form for Partners, Consultants, and Responsible Entities Instructional Video for guidance or the Completing a HEROS Access Form Request Quick Guide for Partners, Consultants, and Responsible Entities for step-by-step instructions for completing the form.
It typically takes 2-3 weeks for new requests to be processed. Once an account has been created, users will receive a HEROS Welcome Letter, via email, with their account information and instructions for accessing HEROS through the HEROS Login page.
DO NOT submit a HEROS Access Form. To have a HEROS account created, your direct supervisor must request HEROS access on your behalf via the Digital Identity Access Management System (DIAMS) using the following instructions:
Once an account has been created, users may access HEROS through the HEROS Login page.
HEROS increases transparency of environmental reviews by posting them for public review. Environmental assessments and categorically excluded projects completed through HEROS are posted online during public comment periods and archived for a year after completion.
A new website is being implemented to transition the posting of HEROS Environmental Reviews from the HUD Exchange to a HUD.gov. HEROS reviews that were posted to the HUD Exchange before 5/21/2022, which have not reached their Removal Date and are in Archive status, are in the process of being migrated to the Public Site. HEROS reviews posted to the HUD Exchange after 5/21/2022 have been moved to the Public Site.
Hours: HEROS is available Monday to Saturday from 7:00A.M. – Midnight ET and on all federal holidays.
Password Resets: To reset your password for either the HEROS production or HEROS training site, contact HUD's information technology services (HITS) National Help Desk at (888) 297-8689 (Option 3). Users requesting a password must provide their B or C User ID and their Verification PIN Number.
Technical Assistance: If you need any assistance with HEROS, please submit your request through HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) so that HEROS staff can assist you.