What is the “SRO” program?

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The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program provides housing for individuals in congregate living, typically with shared common spaces. Some units are assisted with federal subsidies and others are assisted with state subsidies

What is the MTW Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (Section 8) Program?

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The MTW Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly referred to as the Section 8 program, provides eligible households a housing subsidy that allows them to rent privately-owned market rate apartments. Typically, voucher holders pay 30% of their income toward their rent, and CHA pays the rest up to a cap called the payment standard. Minimum requirements for eligibility include: Household Income … Read More

What is Single-Room Occupancy (SRO)?

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The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program is shared housing with other SRO participants.  SRO’s are single rooms for one person with a lock and key.  In most SRO developments, tenants share kitchens and bathrooms.  Some developments offer highly independent living, while others are supervised. Minimum requirements for eligibility include: Household Income does not exceed 50% Area Median Income and, Admission … Read More

What is Elderly/Disabled Housing?

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Elderly/Disabled Housing (formerly Elderly/Disabled Public Housing) is housing in properties in Cambridge that are owned and managed by CHA and are designated for elders and those with disabilities. An elderly person is an individual who is at least 60 years old. A disabled person is a person with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major … Read More

What is the Family Housing Program?

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Family Housing (formerly Family Public Housing) is housing in properties in Cambridge that are owned and managed by CHA and designated for single persons or families. There are over thirty federally-supported family properties throughout the city of Cambridge. Minimum requirements for eligibility include: Household Income does not exceed 80% Area Median Income and, The applicant or head of household must … Read More

Will current residents have to move because of RAD?

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No resident will lose their home because of RAD conversion.  Residents are guaranteed that they will not be displaced because of RAD. Some households will be relocated temporarily to complete major construction work at some sites. Each proposed construction project requires a detailed resident participation process including a resident relocation plan that spells out every detail of these temporary moves, … Read More

How will RAD impact new applicants and those currently on CHA’s waitlists?

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As of January 1, 2015, CHA has stopped accepting new applicants to its Family and Elderly/Disabled waitlists. Because of the  revitalization and modernization work which is ongoing throughout CHA’s portfolio, several sites will require households to move out temporarily while the properties undergo renovation. In order to provide apartments for temporary relocation, CHA will need to hold vacant units. On … Read More

How will RAD impact CHA’s current residents?

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CHA is committed to keeping the same operational rules, rent structure and tenant rights that are in place now. Residents should feel very little day-to-day impact in how CHA manages its properties. As of November 1, residents signed a new lease, preserving current tenant rights and protections after the RAD conversion. CHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy and Administrative Plan … Read More

What are the benefits of RAD conversion?

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The switch from the public housing to the RAD Section 8 Project-Based subsidy program will allow CHA to tap resources that don’t exist, or would not work in traditional public housing. CHA’s MTW flexibility combined with RAD attracts significant private funding, the ability to take on mortgages and the use of tax credits. With this boost of private funds, CHA … Read More

What is RAD?

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The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is a HUD demonstration program that combines public housing operating and capital subsidy into payments under a RAD Section 8 Project-Based Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract. CHA has used its flexibility under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program to make the conversion feasible.