In recent years, the United States Post Office has been attempting to impose cluster mail box requirements for new home communities in order to reduce or eliminate sidewalk and curbside delivery to individual homes.

In order to gauge how common this practice has become so far, the National Association of Home Builders asked respondents to the March NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey whether or not they had encountered clustered mail box requirements in any of the subdivisions where they built new homes. In response, 64% of builders said yes, while 36% said no.

The new policy’s implementation has varied from region to region, as local post offices were initially given “considerable discretion on the matter,” according to Paul Emrath of NAHB Eye on Housing. Cluster mail box requirements are the most common in the West Census Region, where 95% of builders reported encountering them. Only 59% of builders reported cluster mail box requirements in the Northeast and Midwest, and 54% in the South.

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