RAD Program

The Public Housing Program has been faced with severe cuts in the annual subsidy funding and Capital Fund Program for over a decade with no indication of improvement.  The amount of major renovation required on our developments, like other housing authorities nationwide, continue to increase while funding decreases.  Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program in 2012 to meet this funding challenge. RAD enables our Housing Authority to convert the public housing properties to project based Section 8 contracts and, in so doing, permits an infusion of private capital to address the project’s repair and rehabilitation needs.

The benefits of the RAD program include:  a more stable funding platform; the ability to borrow money and perform rehabilitation work; living conditions within our developments are able to be improved to a modern status; and there is less government involvement and oversight.

The Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland submitted applications to the RAD Program in November 2015 for all developments to participate in the program.  HUD has awarded approval to the following Housing Authority developments to begin the planning of a conversion from Public Housing to Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).

Fort Cumberland Homes

A notice to enter into a Contract for Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP) was awarded on January 10, 2017.  That contract has been amended to remain current.  Architectural and engineering design has been completed by EADS Architects of Somerset PA and East Hills Engineering of Windber PA.  Plans currently are to perform: complete rehabilitation to all kitchens, bathrooms, and floors; replacement of all windows, doors and roof;  new front entrances and rear patios; new electrical plumbing, heating and central air conditioning; a community center and much more.  Belt Construction has been selected and approved by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development as the contractor.   The Chesapeake Community Advisers of Baltimore is assisting the Housing Authority in the submission of our financing and HUD/RAD conversion packages at the end of March.  It is hoped that the State and HUD will make a decision on this project by mid summer of 2019.

John F. Kennedy Homes

A notice to enter into a Contract for Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP) was awarded on January 10, 2017.  That contract has been amended to remain current.  Architectural and engineering design is in process by EADS Architects of Somerset PA and East Hills Engineering of Windber PA.  Belt Construction has been selected and approved by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development as the contractor.  The Chesapeake Community Advisers of Baltimore is assisting the Housing Authority in the submission of our financing and HUD/RAD conversion packages in early summer.

 

All public housing residents were provided with a General Information Notice (GIN) in October 2015 and it has been provided to all new residents since that date.  A copy of the notice is available by clicking here.

All public housing residents of Fort Cumberland Homes and John F. Kennedy Homes were provided with a Resident Information Notice (RIN) in January 2017 and has been provided to all new residents since that date.  A copy of the notice is available by clicking here.  The notice was also provided to the residents of Banneker Gardens in September 2017.

A copy of the presentation which was made to residents at all three developments in Resident Meetings conducted on February 14, 15 and 16, and 2017 is attached (click here).  Anyone having questions should contact their Property Manager of a member of the Central Office.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

RAD – General Information Notice

RAD – Resident Information Notice

 

Location

Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland - 635 E. First Street, Cumberland MD, 21502