On March 19, at 2:00 pm ET, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) will provide a follow up to its December RAD Basics webinar. This free one-hour webinar is designed for tenant advocates new to HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, as well as those with the program in their communities.
Congress tripled the size of RAD from 60,000 to 185,000 units in the 2015 Appropriations bill. An additional 125,000 units of public housing now face RAD conversion in the coming 12 months.
RAD is HUD's major initiative to recapitalize public housing. HUD has announced a February 2015 target date for issuing Commitments to enter into Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP) awards to public housing agency (PHA) applications currently on the RAD waiting list with contingent approval letters. The webinar will focus on process issues around public housing conversion under RAD, including resident involvement, ownership and accountability, and other significant issues.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6095994095348918530
The lead presenter will be Stephen Knight, NHLP Supervising Attorney. There will also be commentary from advocates Susan Hegel and Ellen Shachter with Greater Boston Legal Services and Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco on their experiences with key issues and strategies. Participants will also have an opportunity to pose questions.
To learn the RAD status of any PHA in your area, check HUD's list of approved PHAs and the RAD wait list (now being approved). PHAs on both of these lists will be now able to move forward with RAD conversions.
Background information and resources on RAD are on NHLP's RAD webpage.
Additional information about RAD is on page 4-21 of NLIHC’s 2015 Advocates’ Guide, http://nlihc.org/library/guides