Beginner’s Guide to RAD Advocacy

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) has created a “Beginner’s Guide to RAD Advocacy,” a four-page summary of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The guide provides a short description of RAD, suggests how public housing residents can get involved in local RAD conversions, and offers questions residents should ask their public housing agency (PHA) about proposed RAD conversions. The guide also lists important RAD documents, highlights key HUD webpages, and points to NHLP resources such as a detailed “RAD Advocacy Guide,” a RAD Materials Clearinghouse, and (    

To help preserve and improve low income housing, RAD allows PHAs to leverage Section 8 rental assistance contracts to raise private debt and equity for capital improvements. Up to 185,000 units of public housing have competed for permission to convert their existing federal assistance to project-based Housing Choice vouchers or to Section 8 project-based rental assistance by September 30, 2018.

The “Beginner’s Guide to RAD Advocacy” is available at:

NLIHC has information about RAD at, and on page 4-13 of NLIHC’s 2016 Advocates’ Guide at: