The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program is a tool provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to public housing agencies like AHA make upgrades to housing properties and improve residents’ lives. The RAD program is designed so that AHA will receive the same amount of funding from the federal government as it has for traditional public housing subsidies. The RAD program will have no impact on local taxes. The current federal funding for public housing is converted to what is known as project-based rental assistance (PBRA). AHA will have control of its properties and can use this funding to finance the improvements they need. For individual residents, the process is transparent; they will see little difference in their financial requirements (rent and utilities), and their eligibility for public housing is protected. If you are a public housing resident and have questions about how RAD will impact you and your family, please contact your AHA relocation Manager for information specific to your property. You call t 1-(229) 434-4505 or email dnance@AlbanyHA.com.
WHAT RAD MEANS FOR RESIDENTS
Every resident has the right to stay in assisted housing and return to an upgraded unit in their original property. Rents will still be based on 30% of adjusted household income, and no current resident has to reapply to stay at the property. AHA will maintain a high level of services to its residents.
Every property will receive some upgrades, and many units will be thoroughly upgraded, modernized, and made more energy-efficient. Residents will have a voice in planning these improvements.
Residents in the RAD program can apply to live at the specific AHA properties of their choice. Residents who remain at the same RAD property for two years maybe be placed on the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist that will allow them to seek housing in the private rental market.
One of the provisions of the RAD program is choice mobility. Choice mobility gives families living at a RAD property the opportunity to request a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and move into the private rental market with voucher assistance.
To be eligible, residents must meet two criteria:
1. The family must live at the converted property for two years. (The time lived at the property before the conversion date does not count toward the two years.)
2. The family must be in good standing. (ex. rent paid, not pending eviction, leaving no debt owed)
Residents who meet the eligibility requirements and who were living at the same property in 2020 can submit a Choice Mobility Voucher Application starting 2021, call relocation manager for exact dates. Applications submitted before this date will not be accepted. Residents who moved into the property after 2020 can apply once they have lived in the park for two years.
APPLYING FOR CHOICE MOBILITY
Your application should be submitted to your property manager. The property manager will confirm your eligibility, and you will be placed on the waiting list. The Admissions Department will send you a letter confirming you are on the waitlist.
The waitlist is NOT first-come-first-serve. Families will be selected at random from this waitlist so that each family is provided an equal opportunity to receive a voucher. Families will remain on the waiting list, if not initially selected.
Eligible families can request to be added to the Choice Mobility HCV waiting list at any time, as long as they continue to live at the same RAD property. There is no expiration date for when the family can sign up.
If the Housing Choice Voucher waitlist is open, families are eligible to apply and can be on both waitlists.
RECEIVING A HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV) THROUGH CHOICE MOBILITY
Families selected to receive a voucher must meet all eligibility requirements on the HCV Choice Mobility waiting list. If eligible, the family can use the voucher to find housing in the private rental market anywhere within AHA’s jurisdiction.
Choice Mobility families will also be eligible to exercise the HCV option of portability. This allows a family to use their voucher within the jurisdiction of any HCV agency in the United States.
For more information, contact your property manager or your relocation manager at the AHA office at (229) 434-4505. The full Choice Mobility Policy is also available at your local housing authority’s office.
WHAT IS THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION?
RAD is a new federal program designed to address the daunting cost of maintenance and upgrading aging public housing across the United States. RAD is a voluntary program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). RAD provides agencies such as the Albany Housing Authority to provide residents with the safe, decent housing they deserve.
HOW DOES A RAD CONVERSION WORK?
RAD allows PHAs to preserve or redevelop a property using HUD funding contracts that are tied to a specific development where public housing units are converted to Project-Base Section 8. These contracts are 15-or-20 years long and are more stable funding sources. There is a mandatory renewal provision in both the RAD Statute and Federal Regulations designed to keep the units available to low-income families well into the foreseeable future. This shift will make it easier for providers to borrow money and use low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) as well as other forms of financing. These private sources of additional funds will enable providers to rebuild and preserve low-income housing. As a voluntary, limited demonstration program, less than 185,000 public housing units nationwide can be selected for RAD.
WILL A RAD CONVERSION AFFECT RESIDENTS' HOUSING ASSISTANCE?
Residents will not lose their housing assistance and will not be rescreened because of a RAD conversion. Even though a RAD property can use private money to revitalize its affordable housing, it will still receive money from HUD. With this subsidy from HUD, housing providers will manage RAD properties.
WILL A RAD CONVERSION AFFECT RESIDENTS' RENT?
Since the project-based Section 8 programs also set resident rents at 30% of adjusted monthly income, most residents will not have rent increases as a result of a RAD conversion. The exception would be residents who are paying flat-rate rent.
WILL RESIDENTS HAVE TO MOVE DURING CONVERSION?
HOW CAN RESIDENTS BE INVOLVED IN THE RAD PROCESS?
WILL RAD INCREASE RESIDENTS' ABILITY TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY LIVE?
In addition to improved, better quality housing, residents will have a greater choice in where to live under the RAD "choice-mobility option." If residents would like to move after the development undergoes a RAD conversion, they may request and receive a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV).
WILL RAD AFFECT RESIDENT RIGHTS & PARTICIPATION?
RAD keeps many of the resident processes and rights available under public housing, such as the ability to request a grievance process and the timelines for termination notification. RAD requires that there can be no rescreening of residents upon conversion. When HUD begins funding the new development, residents will have a right to organize a resident council.
WHAT IS AHA DOING TO INVOLVE RESIDENTS, PARTNERS, AND THE COMMUNITY IN THE REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS?
AHA has a strong tradition and ongoing commitment to involving residents, its partners, and the community in changes that need to be made. AHA is making every effort to inform and include residents and critical constituencies in the redevelopment process, including: