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 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
- Protections: Every resident has the right to stay in public housing and return to an upgraded unit in their original property. Rents will still be based on 30% of adjusted household income, and nobody will need to be rescreened for eligibility. HACA will maintain a high level of services to its residents.
- Improvements. Every property will receive needed improvements, and many units will be thoroughly upgraded, modernized, and made more energy-efficient. Residents will have a voice in planning these improvements.
- Choices. Going forward, residents in the RAD program will be able to apply to live at the specific properties of their choice, rather than being placed in the first available unit. Residents who remain in RAD properties for two years will be able to apply for Housing Choice Vouchers that will allow them to seek housing in the private rental market.
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.
- Gaston Place RAD Meeting - 1:30 p.m., Jan. 18, 1941 Gaston Place Dr.
- Goodrich RAD Meeting - 5:30 p.m., Jan. 19, Meadowbrook Apartments, 1201 W. Live Oak St.
- Booker T. Washington RAD Meetings - 4 & 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 905 Bedford Ave.
- Georgian Manor RAD Meetings - 4 & 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 110 Bolles Circle
- Northgate RAD Meeting - 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 9120 Northgate Blvd.
- Rosewood/Salina RAD Meetings - 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 1143 Salina St.
- Santa Rita RAD Meeting - 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2341 Corta St.
*Meeting times and dates subject to change.
RAD Information for Residents - English (PDF)
RAD Information for Residents - Spanish (PDF)
RAD Information for Residents - Arabic (PDF)
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RAD Information for Residents - French (PDF)
RAD Information for Residents - Dinka (PDF)
RAD Information for Residents - Swahili (PDF)
RAD Information for Residents - Burmese (PDF)
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 email@example.com.