January 18, 2018

Rental Assistance Demonstration in San Francisco: Holly Courts

“We’re glad to be home; it’s beautiful.”  Deborah Gibson and Herman Travis have been residents for 13 years at Holly Courts, the first public housing project built in San Francisco. Their unit was one of 118 that went through a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversion that allowed the housing authority to invest in everything from new floors and kitchen appliances to increased lighting that transformed the units into light and airy spaces. Click here to see their newly renovated home and to hear more of their story.

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December 20, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Public Housing Director on Surviving the Storm and Planning for the Next One

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Photo: HUD’s Antonio Córdova surrounded by PIH staff in Puerto Rico.

On his birthday, Sept 5, Antonio Córdova says the devastation that was coming to Puerto Rico started rolling in. That is the day Hurricane Irma touched the U.S. Virgin Islands first, then landed in Puerto Rico the next day. It was the beginning of the worst hurricane season in modern history to hit the Caribbean. Then, on September 20, Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico.

“We got hit by two category 5 hurricanes in the span of two weeks,” Cordova said. “What we saw with Irma and Maria, I’ve never seen before. It was a total collapse of infrastructure.” Continue reading

December 11, 2017

Rental Assistance Demonstration in Maine: A Loring House Story

Photo: Loring House resident Susan Maloney (far right) sits with our team to share her experience as a tenant during a RAD conversion.

As with many New England buildings, Loring House has a fascinating history. Established in the early 1800s on Portland Street by the City of Portland, it began as an Alms House to serve the needs of the city’s poor, elderly, and mentally disabled. Later in 1870, it was converted into a hospital known as the “Greely Hospital” for the city’s low-income population.

Between 1902 and 1904, Greely Hospital moved from its original location on Portland Street and into the new, industrial building that is Loring House today. In the early 1980’s, the growing hospital moved again into a new facility, and Loring House eventually evolved into a housing community for people living with disabilities and 62+ years of age. Today, it has finally received the renovation deserved by tenants through a RAD conversion project.

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