What is RAD?
→ Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is a Housing & Urban Development (HUD) pilot program that will allow the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) to sell-off 22 of Baltimore’s public housing high-rises over the next two years.
Why We Oppose RAD
→ When public goods such as Public Housing are privatized, they become a commodity and their purpose is to provide profits to the new owners.
→ Public housing tenants and workers have been prevented from participating in the design and implementation of RAD.
→ There have been NO guarantees that the right to organize, protection from mistreatment by management, grievance procedures, and the right to use building facilities will remain intact.
→ Nearly 200 HABC employees with union wages, benefits, and protections will lose their jobs. HABC has refused publicly to support these workers’ rights.
→ Residents are being told that they will be offered Vouchers in two years, but are not being told that they will just be added to the existing waitlist.
→ In 40 years, when the contracts with developers expire, the new owners will be able to convert the buildings to market rate rents, forcing out low-income renters, essentially ending public housing in Baltimore.
What We Want!
→ RETHINK RAD! The program is flexible and other cities are implementing it in more creative ways, with more guarantess for residents and workers, and are not selling the buildings outright!
→ Halt implementation of RAD until residents, workers, and allies can fully participate in determining the future of public housing!
→ Use the RAD program to transition the buildings to shared-equity housing models like Community Land Trusts, guaranteeing community control of our much-needed public housing, with lasting, permanent affordability, and no loss of jobs!
Learn More About RAD:
“Baltimore’s Best Scandal”. City Paper Best Of Issue, September 16, 2014
Jones, Sharon. “Public Housing is Our Housing.”
King, Danae. “Residents, Union Workers Protest Sale of Public Housing.” Baltimore Sun, June 11, 2014.
Stroud, Gary and Coates, Anthony. “Selling off and selling out.” Baltimore Sun, April 13, 2014.
Edward Ericson, Jr. “Baltimore is about to sell off its public housing. Someone is going to make money-and that’s the plan.“ City Paper, April 2, 2014