Public housing

Desperate low-income residents are being overlooked by the new public housing privatization program called ‘RAD’


Advocate for the National Public Housing Tenants Association and CEO of Can I Live, Inc. Racquel W. Jones, spear The Visit WEALTHFAIR to address the NEW Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) privatization program called “RAD”, the rental assistance demonstration.

Housing authorities being overrun by sophisticated developers and their attractive offers, low-income residents living in HLMs are left to fend for themselves as they search for Section 8 vouchers in a market that singles out and disadvantages their income.

The harsh reality is that residents only hear part of the story – a promise of new homes with new stoves and fridges, while the rules that empower communities (i.e. fairness and ownership) are retained.

Root of the problem

As a precondition to receiving the voucher, social housing residents must waive their right to return to the property in hopes of taking advantage of the promise of choice offered by the Section 8 voucher program and, more importantly yet, to desperately escape from their rodent-infested molded prison cells they call home.

The WEALTHFAIR Tour demands that HUD apply the same rules that developers receive through their comfortable RAD offers (i.e. loans on favorable terms) to residents who cannot find homes as as tenants in this volatile real estate market. The tour’s political agenda seeks to address justice, equity and inclusion for America’s poorest families who are disproportionately represented by black and brown communities.

The Organization’s political partner has submitted a public information request to local housing authorities and its cities to show the inconsistency between the city’s five-year consolidated plan and the five-year plan of the Public Housing Agency (PHA ).

Although the two entities are supposed to work together to address issues of homelessness, poverty and affordable housing, neither plan meets the demands.

RAD deals to unlock economic opportunities

HUD’s Recapitalization Office (the division that approves RAD deals) has also received a request for public information in hopes that they will release the RAD deals, which feature the developers who claim the lion’s share of this new wave. of wealth sweeping the nation.

With more than $10 billion in private funding, the tenant group wants to know where the jobs are that trigger training, employment and contract opportunities through Division 3 – a federal law that requires entities that receive various HUD funding to ensure low-income families have access to economic opportunities.

In combination with accountability from HUD, city officials, and public housing management, Can I Live’s goal is to move One Million Moms OFF Welfare (1MMOW) by 2035 using a series of deliberate strategies for program administrators, policy makers and participants of various social protection (entitlements) programs.

Leveraging the WEALTHFAIR Tour

This tour is a “National Treasure Hunt” to locate the $18.9 billion in federal low-income opportunities through HUD’s Section 3 program. During the three-year WEALTHFAIR tour, the 37-foot motorhome will visit the poorest social housing communities in 300 of America’s most prosperous cities to:

Establish and re-establish new Residents’ Councils

Reignite Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)

Advocating for real and lasting policy change


Unlock Change

In a country where inflation has skyrocketed and gentrification is the new land grab, mothers on welfare are lagging behind in the market.

The WEALTHFAIR Tour can be found providing education, outreach, and motivation to engage HUD-assisted families to understand their rights as they relate to resettlement, opening small businesses, and contracting with the local PHA, home ownership using Section 8 vouchers and resident management entities.

The WEALTHFAIR tour policy tackles the number one reason mothers on benefit programs don’t work.

They call it the Welfare Cliff – a punitive way to deter families from working by immediately cutting vital services, such as health insurance, food and cash assistance, while increasing their rents and subsidy payments. Families have no way to develop outside of dependence on the welfare system.

The WEALTHFAIR Tour launched its campaign at the annual conference of the Public Housing Authority Directors Association (PHADA). The conference was comprised of Executive Directors of Public Housing, Commissioners, Technology Providers, Consultants and Commissioners from the PHA Board of Directors. CEO RW Jones and his partner, Dr Kimberly Muktarian, spoke to the clustered associations about how to fill the gaps in engaging low-income residents as well as policies that will help social housing residents move from poverty to poverty. prosperity.

The fully-packed RV comes ready with an arsenal of information, resources, and tools to help families escape the addiction of government programs.

Next stops are New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA June 19-30, 2022, where the Regional Association of Southeast and Southwest Housing Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) will meet to discuss trends and best practices in the public housing industry, one that the group hopes will help develop economic development strategies for HUD-assisted families.

The CIL CEO says she’s not holding her breath because the sense of urgency has been dismal simply because of HUD’s refusal to hold local PHAs accountable with taxpayer dollars.

If you would like to organize the WEALTHFAIR Tour in a local town, the organization can be contacted at


Presentation at the SERC NAHRO conference: June 19-22, 2022

Presentation at SW Texas NAHRO Conference: June 27-30, 2022

Presented at the NAHRO National Conference: September 22-24, 2022

Ultimate Come-up Conference in partnership with Abilene Housing Authority: July 12-14, 2022

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