Rental Assistance Demonstration Project



The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) is breaking ground with a bold new initiative to preserve public housing in Austin and improve the lives of more than 4,300 Austinites who rely on that public housing.

By participating in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new program known as Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), HACA will be able to finance critically needed improvements to its aging properties and guarantee they’ll be available to low-income residents for the next 40 years. The program will create more opportunities for housing choice going forward.

RAD Overview

RAD was initiated by HUD to address U.S. public housing’s $26 billion backlog of needed repairs and improvements. Under RAD, existing (and declining) public housing subsidies are converted into rental assistance contracts for each property. This allows housing authorities to finance the rehabilitation and preservation of aging public housing properties.

What RAD Means for Residents

HACA residents at TDHCA board meeting More than 50 public housing residents attended a Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) board meeting in October to help HACA secure enough tax credits to make much-needed improvements to its public housing properties through RAD.

Upcoming Events*

*Meeting times and dates subject to change.


RAD Resources

Frequently Asked Questions for Residents

Frequently Asked Questions for the Public

Model Unit Virtual Tour

General RAD Meeting Presentation (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - English (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Spanish (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Arabic (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Korean (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Chinese (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Vietnamese (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - French (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Dinka (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Swahili (PDF)

RAD Information for Residents - Burmese (PDF)


Timeline with photos (Click on timeline to download PDF)


Contact Us

If you are a public housing resident and have questions about how RAD will impact you and your family, please call the RAD Hotline at 1-(844) HACA-RAD (422-2723) or email us at