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December 14, 2018

RAD Rev4 Now Expected Early 2019
HUD continues to work with OMB in finalizing the forthcoming revisions to the RAD Notice that will detail certain provisions related to the new authority extended to RAD in the FY2018 Omnibus appropriations act—including RAD for PRACs—along with codifying other implementation improvements. The revised notice is now expected to be published in February. While taking longer than hoped, notice changes entail a deliberative back-and-forth process with OMB on all details. No major sticking points are thought to be at issue in the continuing process.
NW Regional Convening to Review RAD Rev4 +
The Collaborative’s next Regional Convening will be held in Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA from February 27 to March 1, 2019—and will also be joined by CA housing leaders & practitioners. Block the dates & plan on attending!

This will be an early opportunity to hear directly from both HUD’s Recap Office and Special Applications Center’s directors about the forthcoming notice revisions and how the Section 18 Demo/Dispo program is being used in tandem with RAD—as well the roll-out of the new RAD for PRACs guidance.

Beyond reviewing notice details, we will also hear from state leaders and practitioners in CA-OR-WA on what they are doing to bolster RAD redevelopment projects with LIHTCs, grant/loan programs and supportive policies. Plus we’ll update on the latest in Washington back east with changes in the make-up of key Congressional committees and implications for advancing RAD in the year ahead.

Look for the conference agenda, registration details and more information of the NW Regional Convening in early in January via a RC Update & on the Collaborative’s web page.
HUD Announces RAD2 PBRA Davis-Bacon Change & 2019 OCAFs
HUD announced on 12/11 that it has eliminated the requirement to use Davis-Bacon wages in transactions involving project-based rental assistance (PBRA) in RAD 2nd component transactions (Rent Supp/RAP and Mod Rehab conversions only). See the brief notice here: HUD Notice H-2018-11/PIH 2018-22.

On 11/23 HUD published the 2019 OCAF increases by state for eligible Section 8 Multifamily developments including RAD conversions to both PBRA and PBV platforms in 2018 and prior years.

For the latest need-to-know RAD practice provisions from HUD and elsewhere, consult the New Tools & Helpful info section of under Practice on the Collaborative’s web page and scroll down to New OCAFs.
Richmond R&HA Partners in RAD Transfer of Assistance Project
The transition from Fay Towers is Virginia’s first use of RAD’s “transfer of assistance” provision, which enables public housing authorities to create better housing in new locations. Adjacent to the senior housing will be Jackson Ward Multifamily Homes, which will feature 82 apartments, 36 of which will be designated as affordable workforce housing. Read More

To see updates on additional RAD redevelopment projects, click on Latest News under News & Views on the Collaborative’s web page.
What a RAD Year!
Congratulations to HUD and RAD’s growing community of practice—PHAs and their partners & residents, RAD2 multifamily owners & managers, lender-investors, HFAs, transactional service providers, advisors-consultants, Hill staff and more—for the extraordinary advances in RAD’s authority and implementation in 2018.

Put most importantly—hundreds of thousands of public and multifamily housing residents benefit from your collective efforts. We look forward to continuing our work with you in 2019!

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