What is RAD?
The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that seeks to preserve and improve certain kinds of affordable housing subsidized by HUD.
|Public housing authorities’ (PHAs) units across the country need more than $40 billion in repairs. RAD was created to allow housing authorities to access additional sources of funding to maintain, repair, and replace public housing units.
|RAD maintains the resident processes and rights available under public housing. RAD also provides residents a significant new right to request a tenant-based voucher after having lived under the PBV or PBRA contract for a period.
|HUD encourages residents and their PHAs to work together during the RAD conversion process. PHAs hold meeting where residents can learn about the conversion plans, ask questions, express concerns, and provide comments.
|You can talk to a housing authority representative if you have specific questions about the RAD conversion process and the specific plans for their property. For more information visit the PHA Contact Information web page.
HUD has created a series of short videos, "RAD Stories," featuring residents and their experiences with the RAD process, the transition of moving into their new homes, how redevelopment has benefited the community, and much more. View our feature story below of Lolitha O., a resident of a RAD development in Ypsilanti, Michigan.