On January 24, HUD announced that it has provided preliminary approval for nearly 58,000 Public Housing and Moderate Rehabilitation units to convert to long-term Section 8 rental assistance contracts through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The legislation authorizing RAD capped the number of units that could be converted to 60,000, a level HUD anticipates reaching within days.
As of December 31, 2013, HUD received applications for more than 176,000 units. HUD has published two lists pertaining to the applications on the RAD website. A list posted on January 16 shows the public housing agencies (PHA) that haves been granted preliminary approval, entailing 40,854 units. It also specifies 14 projects covering 1,290 units that have made it past the preliminary approval process. A second list shows the PHAs that have applied beyond the 60,000-unit cap, amounting to an 115,644 unit waiting list. If preliminary approval for any of the first 60,000 units is withdrawn by a PHA or revoked by HUD, then the Department will take applications from the waiting list based on the date an application was received.
HUD’s FY14 budget request sought Congressional approval to convert an additional 90,000 units to RAD, for a total of 150,000, but the FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act did not raise the limit. HUD states that it will continue to seek Congressional approval to raise the RAD conversion limit.
View the HUD RADblast updating RAD status at: http://bit.ly/Mqb9as
View the two lists on the RAD webpage at: http://1.usa.gov/1jXD3ZO
View NLIHC’s outline of key RAD provisions for public housing residents at: http://bit.ly/1jXD53S