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Relocation Support for Seniors and Residents Impacted by Renovations

Residents of MHA's public housing properties at College Park, Uptown, and Askew Place are temporarily being relocated to allow for much needed renovations.  In an article published by the Tri-State Defender, December 9, 2021, MHA's CEO Dexter Washington, stated that "acquiring additional funding for public housing has been difficult, and as early as 2018, we recognized that something had to be done. Our solution is to participate in the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.

The program established by HUD allows public housing authorities to (1) leverage public and private debt and equity in order to reinvest in the public housing stock; (2) move units to a Section 8 platform with a long-term contract enabling them to remain permanently affordable to low-income households; (3) ensure residents benefit from a right of return, a prohibition against re-screening, and robust notification and relocation rights; (4) maintain ongoing public stewardship; and (5) shift existing levels of public housing funds to the Section 8 accounts as properties convert.

As move dates are identified for residents, relocation support specialist will assist residents from finding suitable temporary housing to hiring movers to provide packing and moving assistance.  No resident will be required to tackle this process alone nor incur any expense.  We are committed to walking along side them every step of the way until they are able to return their newly renovated homes and their community.

To learn more about RAD and Residents Rights, click here.
To read the TriState Defender's article in its entirety, click here.
Questions regarding this article may be addressed to Dexter Washington, Memphis Housing Authority's Chief Operating Officer at 901-544-1102 or dwashington@memphisha.org