Joseph J. Phillips
January 23, 2013
PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN HUD SOUTHEAST REGION LEAD NATION IN GROUNDBREAKING HUD AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION EFFORT
ATLANTA - Public housing authorities in U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Southeast region outpaced housing authorities across the U.S. in gaining HUD approval to participate in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a HUD initiative to preserve public housing across the U.S. Of the 68 public housing authorities HUD approved to participate in the pilot program earlier this month, forty three percent – 29 - are from HUD's Southeast region.
"This is an extraordinarily innovative and cost-effective public-private partnership that can help preserve our affordable housing and create jobs, "said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Edward Jennings Jr." Southeast public housing authorities are significantly represented in the initial round of participants. That's a complement to them capturing the vision."
To stem the loss of critically needed public and other forms of subsidized housing as a result of the severe backlog of capital needs, earlier this month HUD officially launched RAD, the Obama Administration's groundbreaking strategy to preserve tens of thousands of public and HUD-assisted housing units.
In the near term, RAD is expected to preserve and enhance more than 13,000 units of affordable housing of which over half are located in the Southeast region and generate more than $650 million nationwide in private capital to address the estimated $26 billion backlog in capital needs faced by public housing authorities in the U.S. This additional capital will also stimulate employment in the construction trades across the country.
HUD awarded 112 initial commitments to 68 public housing authorities (PHAs), allowing these local housing agencies to seek private financing to rehabilitate units that are otherwise at risk of being lost from the affordable housing inventory. In addition, HUD approved 11 requests from private owners of assisted housing projects to convert and extend rental assistance contracts for 1,100 units (see attached list of private developments). Combined, the commitments announced today are projected to preserve more than 13,000 public and other HUD-assisted housing units for the next 20 years.
RAD allows public housing agencies and private owners of certain at-risk, federally assisted properties to convert their current assistance to long-term Section 8 contracts. Such contracts will allow owners to leverage millions of dollars in debt and equity to better address immediate capital needs and preserve these affordable housing units. In addition, participating agencies are freed from antiquated public housing rules and restrictions that hindered their ability to best preserve and manage their housing similar to other affordable housing owners and managers.
In 2011, HUD released Capital Needs in the Public Housing Program, a study that found the nation's 1.2 million public housing units need $26 billion to keep these homes in safe and decent condition for families, a figure well in excess of the roughly $2 billion Congress appropriates for capital repairs annually. Beyond the potential loss of this public housing stock, the Moderate Rehabilitation, Rent Supplement, and older Rental Assistance Payment (RAP) programs are also at risk of being lost from the affordable housing stock.
RAD is part of the Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy to preserve public and HUD-assisted housing. In November 2011, Congress authorized HUD to implement RAD as a budget-neutral demonstration program with two components, allowing for the conversion of assistance for both public housing and HUD-assisted properties that have expiring subsidies.
Breakout of State HUD Region IV Awardees (Go to HUD awarded 112 initial commitments to 68 public housing authorities (PHAs) for specific breakouts):
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