Committee Adopts “RAD for PRAC” Authority

Legislation | July 17, 2017 | by Linda Couch

Legislative language, championed by Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) to expand HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to include Section 202 communities with Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs), was included in the manager’s amendment to HUD’s fiscal year 2018 (FY18) appropriations bill on July 17. The manager’s amendment passed unanimously and the overall bill was ultimately approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

A RAD expansion would allow interested 202/PRAC communities to convert their rental assistance to the Section 8 platform, through which the communities can leverage private capital to preserve their affordable housing over the long-term.

“This is a small change in the way HUD operates that can make a big difference for very low income seniors,” Representative Quigley said in support his “RAD for PRAC” language. These 400,000 seniors, with average incomes around $13,000, would have nowhere else to go without HUD housing assistance, Representative Quigley said. The policy change, he said, promotes public / private partnership, ensures long-term affordability, and does so without the need for additional federal resources.

The language included in the House bill is similar to that passed as part of the Senate’s fiscal year 2017 (FY17) HUD appropriations bill (such language was not in the  House’s FY17 HUD bill).

Enacting RAD for PRAC authority is a key policy priority for LeadingAge. LeadingAge is grateful to everyone who made a call or sent an email to your member of Congress in support of Representative Quigley’s language. We will continue our advocacy on this critical preservation tool until we achieve our goal.