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RAD is a raw deal for public housing: Well-intentioned program actually hikes rents, empowers landlords and fuels evictions


Added 02-15-20 05:13:02am EST - “Many groups have now jumped on the cause of saving public housing in New York City. But few dare to stand up to Mayor de Blasio, the man primarily responsible for strong-arming tenants into becoming part of Rental Assistance Demonstration,…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “RAD is a raw deal for public housing: Well-intentioned program actually hikes rents, empowers landlords and fuels evictions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Many groups have now jumped on the cause of saving public housing in New York City. But few dare to stand up to Mayor de Blasio, the man primarily responsible for strong-arming tenants into becoming part of Rental Assistance Demonstration, the federal government program that moves public housing into private management.

Rental Assistance Demonstration, or RAD, is an Orwellian name given to an Obama administration housing program that turns public housing into one of those nightmarish “public-private partnerships.” RAD can lead to higher rents, an increased incidence of landlord harassment and upward spikes in evictions.

In New York, the settlement agreement negotiated by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman allows NYCHA to deny the protection of a federal monitor to public housing residents who undergo RAD conversion.

De Blasio claims that RAD is the only way to save NYCHA, which faces a capital shortfall estimated to be $32 billion, and growing. We at Fight For NYCHA disagree. We have proposed a People’s Budget, a package of ideas for legislation that will raise taxes on the rich to fully fund public housing and forge a new government policy based on justice and dignity.

We say privatization is a smoke-screen. Large-scale, real-estate portfolio managers can’t make money without generous government tax breaks, like 421-a or RAD. Moreover, RAD leases are worded in such a way to eliminate city responsibility for tenants’ injuries resulting from NYCHA’s uninhabitable conditions.

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