Tools & Info Archive

RAD Surpasses $4 Billion in Construction! HUD's Recap Office recently released an impressive summary of RAD-related benefits now that it's initial 60,000 units of authority has been closed, including capital that has been generated, leverage ratio,  types and geography of projects underway, jobs created and more.  Access the handy RAD $4B flyer here. 

RAD Cap Increased in FY 2017! With a sustained push by the RAD Collaborative and critical advocacy of colleagues in the FY 2017 appropriations deliberations, the RAD cap for public housing was increased from 185,000 units to 225,000 units and the sunset date moved back to 2020 in the final budget bill expected to be signed shortly by President Trump. Other important features for RAD and public housing include:

  • Public Housing Operating Funds: $4.4 billion (-$100 million in FY 2016)
  • Public Housing Capital Funds: $1.492 billion (+$42 million in FY 2016)
  • Tenant Protection Vouchers: $110 million (-$20 million in FY 2016)
  • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: $137.5 million, with $50 million earmarked for PHAs (+ $12.5 million in FY 2016)

For a more detailed analysis of the bill's implications for public housing please see the CLPHA Update-May 1 .

Recap Office Updates. On March 15, 2017, the Recap Office provided additional information on submitting the new Letter of Interest to join the RAD waiting list, as well as helpful information about CHAP amendments, rent flexibilities, and Schedule Requirements for Closing RAD Transactions in 2017. Click here for highlights. More details can be found on the RAD Resource Desk

RAD Ownership & Control Guidance. In February, HUD issued this helpful guidance on meeting the (slightly) revised ownership and control requirements for RAD public housing conversions of assistance.  The new guidance can be found here.

HUD Releases RAD Revisions. HUD issued on January 12 a 3rd revision to the RAD Notice (PIH 2012-32 / H 2017-03 Rev 3—or RAD Rev3) to simplify certain 1st Component program requirements, create new flexibilities to make more conversions feasible, and strengthen tenant rights. Under the 2nd Component, the revisions improve the rent-setting options available to owners. A summary of key changes can be found by clicking here. 

HUD has published both a blackline version showing the changes made in Revision 3 as compared to Revision 2 along with a clean Revision 3 of the RAD NoticeThe Notice went into effect upon its publication in the Federal Register on 1.19.17.  Changes related to selection and eligibility criteria will be subject to public comment and will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register unless modified by HUD as a result of public comment. To see the Collaborative's submitted comments and recommendations on RAD Revision 3, RC Comments on RAD Rev3.

VISTAs Begin at PBRA Sites. In the March 7, 2017 "RADBlast," HUD described the roles of the new VISTA members working on tenant engagement activities under the RAD Community Economic Development Project (aka RAD Community Engagement Initiative) at selected RAD sites undergoing PBRA conversions. Click here for more information.

RAD Data Now Available to the Public on the RAD Resource Desk. HUD has recently created an open portal on the RAD Resource Desk for the public to access live information on public housing conversions. Users can access basic information by PHA or by transaction status (e.g., applications submitted, under CHAP, Financing Plan submitted, Closed. etc.) Users can customize their own reports that will export into an Excel file. To access this data, visit and click on "Data and Resources". 

HUD Releases New RAD Evaluation Interim Report. As  recently reported by the Wall Street Journal and Affordable Housing Finance on September 21, 2016, HUD has released a new interim research report underscoring RAD's continued "proof of concept." Conducted by Econometrica, Inc., the report examines how RAD performed through October 2015 and provides evidence that the program is on track to accomplish its primary goals of attracting substantial new capital to stabilize the physical and financial conditions of public housing properties, significantly improving housing conditions for low-income residents. Updated RAD activities by state and PHA and recent case studies were also released and are available here. While confirming previously released HUD data, RAD has continued to show an equally impressive trajectory of results since the October 2015 end-point of interim evaluation as indicated in the recent articles and reports below.