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HUD Circulates Rental Assistance Demonstration Proposal


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has begun circulating to Capitol Hill offices proposed legislative language for its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) proposal, which is a slimmed down iteration of HUD’s 2010 Transforming Rental Assistance idea to convert certain HUD subsidies in order to attract private financing.

The draft outlines RAD as a way to “demonstrate potential for preserving and improving low income housing through conversion of assistance for public housing and moderate rehabilitation properties to long-term rental assistance” under project-based Section 8 contracts.

The plan would give HUD the authority to select properties to carry out demonstration over a wide range of sizes, locations and housing markets. At least 90% of the properties participating in demonstration must allow residents to move Housing Choice Vouchers while the project-based assistance remains with the unit.

HUD’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request seeks $200 million for RAD.

To Learn More:
View HUD’s RAD proposal
View HUD’s chart explaining the RAD proposal


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