HUD Revises Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:30am

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a revised notice that provides program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, including eligibility and selection criteria. Notice H-2019-09/PIH-2019-23 contains major revisions, including the authorization for the conversion of Section 202 project rental assistance contract senior housing to Section 8 project-based rental assistance (PBRA) or project-based voucher contracts. The notice also includes an allowance for limited rent increases for public housing conversions to PBRA contracts in certain scenarios, including in opportunity zones. The notice also establishes a policy to update RAD rents every two years, with the updated rents applying to new awards issued after those established dates. The notice is effective immediately, except for changes to project eligibility criteria, which are subject to a 30-day comment period.