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Special Applications Center (SAC)

Have you Considered RAD?

HUD strongly encourages PHAs contemplating demolition/disposition applications for their public housing units to consider HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.  In accordance with PIH Notice 2012-7, PHAs generally need to evidence public housing units are obsolete in order to receive HUD demolition/disposition approval under Section 18 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.  On the other hand, public housing units with various capital needs can qualify for conversion to a Section 8 project-based platform under RAD.  In addition, RAD offers various advantages to residents and PHAs over Section 18 such as resident protections, extensive waivers of statutes and regulations to enable long-term preservation (e.g. ability to retain reserves at the project), and FY2012 HAP rents.  Accordingly, prior to submitting a demolition or disposition application, HUD strongly encourages PHAs to complete the RAD Inventory Assessment Tool to make a first-level assessment (as potential RAD candidates) of all units they are considering for demolition or disposition.  HUD staff (at the SAC and the RAD team) are available to assist PHAs in completing this assessment tool.   In addition, HUD staff are available to provide PHAs with technical assistance on the best HUD tool for repositioning their particular housing units.  PHAs should contact rad@hud.gov to request such technical assistance.  See also RAD Conversion Guide for PHAs.

Already have an approved CHAP under RAD?  Instructions for submitting a removal application via IMS/PIC are available here.

What We Do

The Special Applications Center (SAC) enables the Office of Public and Indian Housing to assist Housing Authorities in their efforts to efficiently and effectively meet the housing needs of their communities through the specialized review and approval of non-funded, non-competitive applications, related to:

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Related Information

IMS/PIC Inventory Removals

Correspondences between HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Congress Members on Demolitions/Dispositions

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Have you considered RAD?

RAD can help owners rehabilitate properties and avoid demolition or disposition.

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