Your resource for the latest information about the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program in the City of Milwaukee
WHAT IS RAD? The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Project was created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2012 in order to give public housing authorities a powerful tool to preserve and improve affordable housing and to address the large backlog of needed repairs.
The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) is currently assessing the value of the RAD program to HACM, its residents and the City of Milwaukee. Information about this process will continue to be updated on this web page.
"The affordable housing crisis is growing. RAD is part of the solution." HUD Secretary Julian Castro
KEY POINTS ABOUT THE RAD PROGRAM ~ Under RAD, housing units would change from public housing to project-based Section 8 (rent assistance) under a long-term contract between HACM and HUD. This ensures that the units remain permanently affordable to low-income households.
~ After conversion from public housing to Section 8, residents continue to pay no more than 30% of their income for rent.
~ RAD will provide defined and more secure project subsidy from HUD.
~ RAD allows housing authorities to borrow money and use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and other financing to renovate and repair properties.
~ Public housing residents who are lease compliant cannot be displaced if the property they live in is converted to RAD.
~ Residents may still participate in Family Self-Sufficiency and Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) programs.
~ Resident councils would continue to exist and would continue to receive resident participation funding.
For questions and additional information, call the HACM RAD hotline at (414) 286-8600 or send an email to RAD@hacm.org.