On December 23, HUD distributed an email RADBlast offering interim guidance in response to FY15 Appropriations Act changes to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) (see Memo, 12/15/14).
The FY12 Appropriations Act allowed HUD to convert public housing Capital and Operating Fund assistance for up to 60,000 units of public housing and Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) housing to long-term, renewable, Project-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance (PBRA) or to Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs). That provision is known as RAD Component I. Congress also allowed private properties assisted through the Rent Supplement (Rent Supp) program and the Rental Assistance Program (RAP), as well as Mod Rehab, to convert an unlimited number of Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) to PBVs. That provision is known as RAD Component II.
For RAD Component I, primarily affecting public housing, the FY15 Appropriations Act
increased, from 60,000 to 185,000, the number of public housing units that may be converted to PBV or PBRA. The RADBlast indicates that RAD applications on the waiting list that have already received Contingent Approval Letters will be issued a Commitment to enter into Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP), essentially a preliminary approval to make the RAD conversion. As of October 31, 2014, there were more than 120,000 units on the waiting list. HUD will also continue to review other applications that have been submitted but that had not yet received a Contingent Approval Letter. HUD expects that there will be 8,000 units available for applications not yet submitted.
For RAD Component II, the FY15 Act removed the December 31, 2014 deadline for submitting applications, and allows properties the option to convert to Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA). The original FY12 Act limited Component II conversions to PBV.
The FY15 Act also allowed, for the first time, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy properties to convert under RAD.
PIH Notice 2012-13, which implemented RAD, will be updated to formally include the FY15 Appropriations Act changes and provide additional policy and program clarification.
The RADBlast is at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=RADBlast_2015_Approp.pdf
HUD’s RAD website is at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/RAD
More information about RAD is on page 134 of NLIHC’s 2014 Advocates’ Guide, http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/2014AG-134.pdf