A RAD-ical Change for Affordable Housing in Fairfax County
Over 1,000 Public Housing Units Converted under HUD’s “RAD” Program
On October 31, 2017, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) made a transformative change in the way it delivers affordable housing to families with lower incomes. The Authority converted its entire portfolio of 1,060 units to project-based vouchers under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
Over the years, federal funding for the Public Housing program has steadily decreased making it increasingly difficult for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), like the FCRHA, to ensure properties remain in good condition. Converting Public Housing units under RAD gives the FCRHA access to more stable funding from HUD to make needed improvements to properties. The program also makes it easier to borrow money and use low