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The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is a program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that seeks to preserve affordable housing. RAD is a HUD program created to assist Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to maintain and preserve their public housing units. RAD provides PHAs a way to make needed improvements to their properties without depending on additional money from Congress.

PHA's across the country need more than $26 billion in repairs and many PHAs do not have enough money to keep units in good condition. RAD provides PHAs a way to stabilize, rehabilitate, and or replace properties by borrowing money to make needed repairs to enhance the communities for residents and longevity of affordable housing.

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RAD allows PHAs to convert a public housing property's HUD funding to either: • Section 8 project-based voucher (PBV); or • Section 8 project-based rental assistance (PBRA). Units move to a Section 8 project‐based voucher platform with a long-term contract, by law that must be renewed ensuring that the units remain permanently affordable to low-income households. The conversion of funding allows PHAs the ability to borrow money easily for rehabilitation work.

Before and after RAD

Before RAD

  • Properties are typically not funded at 100% in Public Housing
  • In Public Housing, PHAs cannot borrow money to perform necessary repairs
  • The funding fails to keep up with the deteriorating living conditions of residents
  • Residents cannot choose to move without losing housing assistance

After Rad

  • Properties are placed on a more stable Section 8 funding platform
  • PHAs and owners can more easily borrow money and perform rehabilitation work
  • the living conditions of residents are improved
  • Residents may receive a tenant-based voucher, or similar assistance and move after 1 year in PBV and 2 years in PBRA

To find out more about Monroe Housing Authority's RAD Conversion, please check our website for on-going updates, and attend your community Resident Council Meetings.