RAD is an initiative of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and many stakeholders that seek to preserve public, and other HUD-assisted housing, by providing owners and Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) with access to additional funding to make needed physical improvements to properties.

In a tightened budget environment, PHAs and owners have to make tough choices between repairing roofs and replacing plumbing – or worse, demolishing units altogether – because there simply isn’t enough money to go around. The public housing inventory currently has a capital needs backlog of $25.6 billion, and the nation continues to lose 10,000 to 15,000 units of affordable housing every year. RAD is one way in which HUD is exploring comprehensive strategies to preserve affordable housing.

RAD can work for properties funded through HUD’s Public Housing, Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), Rental Supplement (Rent Supp) and Rental Assistance Payment (RAP) programs.

RAD program overview

RAD Tools & Application Materials

RAD Frequently Asked Questions

RAD PBRA Quick Reference Guide

PD&R Edge: Lessons From RAD

RAD Photo Essays


RADBlast! $15B in Construction Generated Through RAD (October 19, 2022)

RADBlast! Full RAD Portfolio Conversion in Knoxville, TN, Portfolio Conversions Across America, and more! (July 13, 2022)

RADBlast! Transformation at Jordan Downs, RAD & Section 18 Blends, End of the Year Closing Deadlines and more! (June 2, 2022)

RADBlast! New Educational Video for Public Housing Residents; A Public Housing Transformation in Rock Island, IL (December 17, 2021)

RADBlast! First Faircloth to RAD Under Construction, RAD Data Dashboard and New Upgrades & Tools (November 16, 2021)

RADBlast! New RAD Case Study, Responding to Residents, Section 18 Blends and New Updated RAD Form Contracts (September 21, 2021)

RADblast! Repositioning Guides, RAD Forms, RAD in Spokane (May 25, 2021)

RADBlast! New Faircloth-to-RAD Option for PHAs to Create New Deeply Affordable Housing (April 8, 2021)

RADBlast! New Section 3 Rule in RAD Public Housing Conversions (March 30, 2021)

RADblast! Executive Director Q&A: Lavonia Housing Authority in Lavonia, GA (February 22, 2021)

2020 RAD Rents Now Available and Spotlight on The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (December 15, 2020)

RADBlast! Multifamily COVID-19 Supplemental Payments - Round II (November 30, 2020) 

RADBlast! RAD PBV & PBRA Quick Reference Guide and RAD COVID-19 Supplemental Notice Webinar Now Available (October 8, 2020)

RADBlast! RAD COVID-19 Notice Published (September 18, 2020)

RADBlast! Navigating Post-Conversion RAD Requirements & Processing; Guidance on Successful Implementation of the Choice-Mobility Option (September 1, 2020)

RADBlast! Post-Conversion Processing Guide and CARES Act Funds (July, 31, 2020)

RADBlast! RAD Form Documents Available for Public Comment, COVID-19 FAQs, and Repositioning Wednesday Webinar Series (May 21, 2020)

RADBlast! RAD and COVID-19, RAD in the FY 2021 Budget, RAD/Section 18 blends, and New Training Available (April 2, 2020)

RADBlast! RAD Environmental Review Guidance and Resident Log (February 6, 2020)

RADBLAST! RAD Successfully Winds Down RAP Legacy Program, Preserving 14,462 Affordable Homes, Saving Residents from Displacement (January 23, 2020)

RADBlast! FAQs on Opportunity Zone Rent Increases and New Webinars Now Available (November 4, 2019)

RADBlast! HUD Releases Evaluation of Rental Assistance Demonstration (October 22, 2019)

RADBlast! HUD Releases Revision 4 of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice (September 5, 2019)

RADBlast! HUD Announces the Release of State-by-State RAD Fact Sheets (July 23, 2019)

HUD Publishes Revamped RAD Inventory Assessment Tool (June 6, 2019)

Updates To the Environmental Review Requirements for RAD Conversions - Quick Reference Guide (April 1, 2019)

RADBlast! Photo Essay, "RAD in Nashville, TN" (February 7, 2019)

RADblast! Transaction Check-Ins and Join our Webinar on RAD Rents (January 30, 2019)

To view previous RAD Notices, visit hud.gov/rad or the Resource Library.