HAS Rental Assistance Demonstration
The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), authorized by Congress in 2012, is a pilot program that will allow public housing authorities to convert their public housing properties to long term Section 8 Rental Assistance contracts. The program seeks to build on a proven Section 8 multifamily platform that leverages limited public resources with private debt and equity to open financial sources for capital improvements that have been traditionally off-limits to public housing authorities.
HAS applied for the conversion of four of its public housing communities in September 2012 and has received approval of all four applications in January 2013. These communities included Fred Wessels Homes, Edgar C. Blackshear Homes, Yamacraw Village, and Horace Stillwell Towers.
On January 30, 2015, the Housing Authority of Savannah amended the Housing Assistance Payments Contracts (CHAPs) that cover Fred Wessels Homes and Edgar C. Blackshear Homes. The amendment establishes three separate CHAPs for the aforementioned properties . Each CHAP combines units from both properties. HAS also has temporarily removed Yamacraw Village and Stillwell Towers form the RAD program, but anticipates reapplying for conversion in later rounds.
As a result of RAD conversion, HAS will adopt a site-based waiting list model beginning in the Fall of 2015. This approach will differ from HAS’s current community-wide waiting list model allowing each community to maintain its own individual waiting list. More information about the site-based waiting list model is provided in the “Site-Based Waiting List Information” link below.
Hitch Village, Fred Wessels & Blackshear Redevelopment
HUD CHAP Awards and Amendment Letters
RAD Amendment CHAP - Savannah - Blackshear Phase II
RAD Amendment CHAP - Savannah - Blackshear
RAD Amendment CHAP - Savannah - Wessels / Blackshear
RAD Amendment CHAP - Savannah - Wessels
Response to HAS November 10, 2014
Site-Based Waiting List Information