Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program Overview

 

The Housing Authority of the City of Carrollton (CHA) is embarking on an exciting new program for those residents currently living in our Public Housing homes. The agency is applying to participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program in order to access private funding for the purpose of rehabilitating the units.

In December 2013, CHA will begin conducting a series of informational meetings to help its Public Housing residents to better understand HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. At these meetings, CHA will relay important information about the program, the process, and its impact on residents.

We invite you to learn more about the RAD program and how it benefits residents currently living in CHA’s Public Housing homes.

HUD’s Summarization of the RAD Program

If you have questions or comments, Please contact us via  or call the Carrollton Housing Authority’s Main Office at (770) 834-2046

 

 

What is the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)?

  • RAD is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, authorized by Congress that allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to convert their Public Housing units to Project-Based Section 8 vouchers (PBVs) or Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).
  • RAD is a central part of HUD’s rental housing preservation strategy, which works to preserve the nation’s stock of deeply affordable rental housing.
  • RAD allows PHAs to take full ownership of their public housing units and to renovate or redevelop the housing using private sources of financing.
  • The renovated or new housing receives rental support for the residents in the form of a Project-Based Section 8 subsidy.

Why is CHA planning to participate in RAD?

  • The average age of CHA’s multi-family buildings is 47 years old.
  • Many repairs to our buildings have not been completed because there is inadequate funding from HUD.
  • Project-Based Section 8 subsidy is far safer from budget cuts and better funded than Public Housing subsidy.
  • RAD will allow CHA to access funding from sources in addition to those from HUD to complete repairs and renovations that will greatly improve the living conditions of our Public Housing residents.
  • Funding can be used for renovations or new construction that will greatly improve the living conditions of our multi-family residents.

What does RAD mean for the Public Housing Families residing on CHA’s Public Housing sites?

  • Some units will be renovated.
  • Renovated units will continue to serve as affordable housing.
  • For nearly all residents, rent will be established just as it is now.
  • The subsidy is tied to the unit.
  • There is no initial requalification or rescreening as part of the conversion.
  •  CHA will provide individual counseling for all residents who request it.

How will the Public Housing families residing on CHA’s public housing sites benefit from RAD?

  • The interiors and exteriors of the communities may be rehabilitated without residents having to pay more rent or to complete additional applications/certifications.
  • If your unit is renovated; utility bills should be lower as a result of more energy efficient windows, heating and air conditioning systems, and Energy Star appliances.

How will the process work?

  • CHA will conduct two pre-application resident meetings.
  • CHA will record and post answers to all tenant questions prior to submission of these applications.
  • HUD reviews the applications to determine if CHA’s plans are reasonable and the goals achievable.
  • HUD grants preliminary awards within 30 days of submittal of the application.
  • One post-award resident meeting is required.
  • CHA will communicate with residents and the Resident Council Association (RCA) throughout the process.

What are the next steps?

  • Each community will have its own timeline and plan tailored specifically to that community’s needs.
  • Within 180 days of the application approval date, CHA will provide residents a firm timeline for start of renovation.

Please view the FAQs for additional RAD information. You may also your questions and/or comments.

 
 

 

 

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) FAQs

 

1. What is the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program?

RAD is a pilot program that will allow Public Housing Authorities to convert their Public Housing properties to long term Project-Based Section 8 subsidy properties. RAD is a central part of HUD’s rental housing preservation strategy, which works to preserve the nation’s stock of deeply affordable rental housing.

 

2. When will the RAD process begin?

This is contingent upon HUD’s approval of our applications. Expectations are for a February 2014 approval to begin conducting a feasibility analysis on the units that are affected by RAD.

 

3. Will the residents receive notification when HUD approves CHA’s RAD applications?

Yes. All residents will be notified, in a formal meeting, within 30 days of approval of the application related to their community.

 

4. How long will it take to complete the conversion to Project-Based Section 8 subsidy?

Each community will have a different plan tailored specifically to its physical needs. HUD provides 180 days from approval of an application to formalize a plan. Most of CHA’s communities would begin conversion within that 180-day period.

 

5. Will I have to recertify twice because I am in Public Housing and will receive a Project-Based Voucher (PBV)?

No initial certification is required as part of the conversion. Only lease compliance is assessed.

 

6. What is a Project-Based subsidy?

The Project-Based subsidy provides low- and moderate-income households with monthly rental assistance. However, Project-Based subsidy assistance is tied to particular units rather than to the tenants.

 

7. Since there is no “flat rent” in the voucher program, what happens if we exceed the income guidelines?

CHA will make individual counseling available throughout the process to help current residents navigate this and other issues. CHA is committed to providing a private environment within which residents can assess their housing affordable opportunities. However, for current residents that are otherwise qualified for Public Housing, those residents will be able to convert to Project-Based subsidy.

 

8. I am also in the FSS program – will I still be able to participate in the program?

Subsidy for the FSS program can be converted to be compatible with Project-Based Section 8 subsidies received through the RAD process. CHA will make individual counseling available throughout the process to help current residents navigate this and other issues. CHA is committed to providing a private environment within which residents can assess their housing opportunities.

 

9. What will the rents be?

For nearly all tenants, you will still pay 30% of your adjusted income to rent, less an allowance for tenant paid utilities, just as your current public housing rents are calculated.

 

10. Are utilities included in the rent?

You are still responsible for payment of the same utilities you currently pay. The portion of rent paid under the Project-Based subsidy program is adjusted to reflect tenant-paid utilities.

 

11. Do I still have to do community service?

No.

 

12. I want to stay in my unit. Will I have to move?

Nearly all residents will be able to remain in their current unit. CHA is committed to helping residents who wish to remain in their current residences to do so. There may be opportunities for voluntary relocation, and CHA Staff will present these options as we move forward through the RAD process.

 

13. What happens if HUD does not approve the application? Will you still fix my unit?

CHA will work to identify other funding sources to meet the physical needs of its managed properties.

 

14. Who should I contact for additional information pertaining to RAD?

Please contact us via  or call the Carrollton Housing Authority’s Main Office for additional information pertaining to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).