RAD Program

The Public Housing Program has been faced with severe cuts in the annual subsidy funding and Capital Fund Program for over a decade with no indication of improvement.  The amount of major renovation required on our developments, like other housing authorities nationwide, continue to increase while funding decreases.  Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program in 2012 to meet this funding challenge. RAD enables our Housing Authority to convert the public housing properties to project based Section 8 contracts and, in so doing, permits an infusion of private capital to address the project’s repair and rehabilitation needs.

The benefits of the RAD program include:  a more stable funding platform; the ability to borrow money and perform rehabilitation work; living conditions within our developments are able to be improved to a modern status; and there is less government involvement and oversight.

The Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland submitted applications to the RAD Program in November 2015 for all developments to participate in the program.  In January 2017, HUD awarded approval to for Fort Cumberland Homes and John F. Kennedy Homes to begin the process of planning for a conversion from Public Housing to Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).

A development team has been assembled and approved by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and HUD which consists of:

The Cumberland Housing Group – Developer

Chesapeake Community Advisers – Financial and Technical Adviser

EADS Architects of Somerset, PA – Architectural Design

East Hills Engineering of Windber PA – Engineering Design

The Belt Group of Cumberland MD – General Contractor

Fort Cumberland Homes

A notice to enter into a Contract for Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP) was awarded on January 10, 2017.  That contract has been amended to remain current.  Architectural and engineering design has been completed  which are to perform: complete rehabilitation to all kitchens, bathrooms, and floors; replacement of all windows, doors and roofs;  new front entrances and rear patios; new electrical, plumbing, heating and central air conditioning; a community center and much more.   Our designs, financing plans and application was submitted to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development on May 10, 2019 for review.  Final plans, specifications and financing plans have been submitted to HUD and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and construction started on July 10, 2020.  This is a $19,385,726 project which is being financed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Stratford  Capital Investment Group, bonds and the Cumberland Housing Group.

CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS

General

  • Twelve units are being downsized from 2-BR to 1-BR units to address the need with the second bedroom being converted to storage
  • Building #9 will be converted into a Community Center featuring: a kitchen, table and chairs for resident and council activities; a rear patio; a computer center; site office; and new mailboxes mounted under a porch for protection. A rent collection box will be present on site to place your rent payments instead of traveling to the main office.
  • Four physically handicapped accessible and two hearing impaired units will be created.
  • An onsite laundry facility will be constructed at the rear of the Community Center building.

Exterior:

  • New roofs with three separate colors and soffit, fascia, gutters and spouting
  • New 6 panel front and rear entry doors, hardware and locks
  • Porch over the unit front entrance with a ceiling light to be on dusk to dawn
  • Vinyl siding replaced with colored Hardy Board siding
  • New large rear patio with device implanted in concrete for chaining down grills, bikes, etc.
  • The panel under the ground floor windows to remain but will be painted to match siding and doors for that building
  • Dumpster improvements: the dumpster in front of building 3 and 9 will be eliminated; the dumpster area at building 5 will be enlarged to two dumpsters and a recycling center with a privacy panel installed around and above; the dumpster at building 1 will be relocated to the area near the playground in front of building 1
  • New project signage and aluminum fence to replace area at Lamont Street/Blvd area
  • Walks at the rear of some buildings will be removed to afford more green space
  • New electrical distribution lines and a small section of storm water drains
  • New walks and repaving in many areas
  • Additional video surveillance to provide nearly 100% coverage of development
  • Clothes lines, storage sheds and fences will be removed
  • Housing will perform all mowing work moving forward
  • Tenants will not be permitted to have anything on their front porch or in the grass.
  • The rear patio will be limited to an outdoor patio set (table and chairs designed for outdoor use), one grill and one bicycle per tenant-nothing else.

Interior:

  • New cabinets, counters, wall coverings and appliances in kitchens
  • Washer and dryer hookups to be located side by side with some units receiving small closet
  • New shower surround, medicine cabinet, floor and wall finish in bathrooms
  • New no wax luxury vinyl flooring throughout the unit
  • Electrical upgrade to unit with additional fixtures and LED lighting
  • New individual unit-controlled heating and central air conditioning

All renovations have been engineered and designed based upon or in accordance with Local, State and Federal laws, Uniform Building Code, National Electrical & Plumbing Code, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development housing rehabilitation requirements, and Americans with Disability Act/Section 504 Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.

Resident Meeting Notice November 18, 2019

Resident Update November 13, 2019

Resident Meeting Notice October 17, 2019

Resident Meeting Minutes October 17, 2019

 

John F. Kennedy Homes

A notice to enter into a Contract for Housing Assistance Payments (CHAP) was awarded on January 10, 2017.  That contract has been amended to remain current.  Architectural and engineering design is in process which will tentatively include: complete rehabilitation to all kitchens, bathrooms, and floors; replacement of all windows;  new electrical, plumbing, heating and central air conditioning; a renovated community center and much more.   We are planning to submit our designs, financing plans and application to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in October 2019 for review with construction starting the summer of 2020.

An evaluation of converting our remaining developments to the RAD program is in process to determine feasibility and possible timeline.

All public housing residents were provided with a General Information Notice (GIN) in October 2015 and it has been provided to all new residents since that date.  A copy of the notice is available by clicking on the link below.

All public housing residents of Fort Cumberland Homes and John F. Kennedy Homes were provided with a Resident Information Notice (RIN) in January 2017 and has been provided to all new residents since that date.  A copy of the notice is available by clicking on the link below.

A link to the presentation which was made to residents at all three developments in Resident Meetings conducted on February 14, 15 and 16, and 2017 is below.  Anyone having questions should contact their Property Manager of a member of the Central Office.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

RAD – General Information Notice

RAD – Resident Information Notice

RAD – Informational Presentation February 2017 in PowerPoint