The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach (DBHA) is reviewing options for repositioning the Affordable Housing communities. Several of our communities are quite aged and have served our tenants for 30-50 years. HUD no longer provides the level of funding necessary to allow us to offer comprehensive improvements and repairs to the property.
We are currently engaged with HUD to review opportunities which may be available through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, a program known as Section 18, and other programs that may permit us to improve the quality, safety and livability of the communities. HUD requires a one-for-one replacement for any unit disturbed by redevelopment. We are not permitted to re-screen tenants once new or improved units are completed. It is very important that our tenants and other community members work with us to ensure that the information received is correct and accurate.
DBHA is also connecting with developers and funders to assist us in preparing plans, which we will present to our Board of Commissioners, residents, and the community at large. This is an historic and exciting time for the DBHA. During the coming months, we will be establishing a RAD Community Committee.
If you are interested in participating in the RAD Community Committee, please let us know via email. This committee will be a point of contact that we will work with to ensure that the entire community is being made aware of opportunities and challenges with the development process.
We look forward to providing substantially rehabilitated or newly constructed units for our residents, who are the core of our business. Additionally, DBHA will be launching job-training programs, which will connect with construction work that we anticipate in the future.
Thank you for your contributions to this important work.