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Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) represents a solution to lead based paint in public housing developments.1 This HUD program allows PHAs to convert existing developments into Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 programs), enabling them to utilize private capital investment.2 This can generate additional monies to provide needed rehabilitation, including the remediation of lead-based paint hazards in public housing.3 Under the RAD model, residents are still only charged a monthly rent that is 30% of their income, and they maintain the same rights that they had under the previous public housing model.4 Relocation expenses are covered and residents have the right to return to their unit after the completion of renovations if they choose.5
Public Housing Authorities must develop a plan for managing the transition of a portion of their currently-owned properties to Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8). HUD requires submission of a RAD application or letter of interest on a per-property basis.6 More details about the application process can be found here. Training materials for implementing RAD for public housing units can be found at this link and a list of case studies outlining jurisdictions that have implemented RAD can be seen here.