Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) is changing the face of affordable housing by providing mixed-income rental and homeownership opportunities that enable our clients to flourish in the community. FWHS is accomplishing this by utilizing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program to preserve and expand affordable housing throughout the City of Fort Worth.
FWHS also owns and manages two traditional public housing properties, Butler Place Apartments and J.A. Cavile Place Apartments. Both properties are in need of extensive capital repairs. Through RAD, FWHS is converting all units at Butler Place into project-based rental assistance contracts. Residents are gradually being relocated to 20 different affordable housing properties where they will continue to pay about 30 percent of their income for rent. The agency is pursuing a different solution for Cavile Place.
Two other former public housing properties, Fair Oaks and Fair Parks, have been converted to RAD and undergone renovations. Additionally, the agency has revitalized the downtown Hunter Plaza, formerly a public housing property, into a mixed-income community that includes RAD, Project-Based Vouchers and market rate units as well as commercial space on the first floor.
Through acquisitions, rehabilitation and new construction, the agency continues to expand its portfolio of affordable and mixed-income properties. As of Aug. 2018, the agency owns 32 apartment communities. Five affordable properties are under construction and others are pending approvals.