RAD: Deconcentrating Public Housing
Fort Worth Housing Solutions is breaking ground with a bold, new initiative that will improve the quality of life for more than 1,000 Fort Worth citizens who live in public housing. By participating in a new HUD demonstration program called RAD, the agency now has the means to de-concentrate our public housing developments into vibrant, mixed-income and mixed-use neighborhoods.
HUD initiated RAD, or the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, to address the underfunded capital needs of the nation’s deteriorating public housing stock. The RAD program operates by converting public housing subsidies into project-based rental assistance contracts. These contracts can be leveraged against private debt sources to raise the necessary funds for significant rehabilitation, renovation or construction.
In essence, RAD allows the agency to seek private funding options to renovate our properties, some of which have been in long disrepair. This will keep them viable and most importantly affordable. It also gives us the ability to develop new affordable housing across the city in public-private partnerships.
The RAD program directly affects the families residing at Butler Place, a deteriorating property built in the 1940s. In a phased approach, residents are being relocated to quality, mixed-income apartment complexes located in different neighborhoods across the city. Residents continue to pay about the same amount for rent.
The Butler residents have the opportunity to choose their new home from among 20 apartment complexes, some of which are brand new and others under construction. The agency is using a lottery system. Residents receive notification when RAD units become available and turn in an interest form indicating their choice. Then they are assigned a number in the lottery, and numbers are drawn for each RAD property.
The relocations began in December when the first 15 families moved to Stallion Pointe Apartments. We anticipate that the relocations will be complete by the end of 2020.