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. HUD has awarded approval to the following Housing Authority developments to begin the planning of 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
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 is tentatively planned to start April 1, 2020.
PROPOSED CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS
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.
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 – Informational Presentation February 2017 in PowerPoint