The purpose of this page is to keep HOC stakeholders constantly informed during its transition from Public Housing to Project-Based Vouchers through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program; however, it is specifically designed for all households affected by the conversion.
Property specific key developments, start and completion dates, vital contact information, and when possible, pictures or samples are provided in the Fact Sheet for all phases of the project. The information presented will inform residents about RAD and will help them engage with the agency throughout the transition process. All RAD-related information pertaining to HOC can be located on this page.
Please bookmark this page and check back for the latest RAD updates affecting your property. The page will be updated on an "as needed" basis. A weekly visit to the RAD webpage is recommended to remain informed on all developments.
The following PowerPoint presentation was shared and discussed during the meeting. The chart below explains the information contained in the presentation. Feel free to contact Mr. Donald, Elizabeth House’s Property Management staff, or a member of Resident Services if you need assistance understanding the presentation.
1. How is the development being financed? Who is paying for it?
RAD converts the rental assistance which make units affordable to our existing residents from Public Housing subsidy to Project-Based Section 8 subsidy. Converting to Project-Based Section 8 subsidy enables HOC to attract private financing to develop, repair, and renovate units. HOC will use a number of proven, prudent, and available sources to fund the construction of the new building.
2. How many units are planned for the new building?
The new Elizabeth House is currently designed with 12 floors and 236 units, comprising 33 efficiency units, 196 one-bedroom units, and 12 two-bedroom units planned for the building.
3. What amenities will be available at Elizabeth Square?
Tentatively, Elizabeth Square amenities will include easy access to a swimming pool, fitness center, class room, community kitchen, and a wellness center on the property. The development plans currently include an art wall, live-work artist studios (in Phase 2), a hummingbird garden, walking trails around the property, a water feature, an open green for yoga and group activities, and outside tables with seating equipped with electricity and power.
The interior Plaza will serve as the meeting point for community events and social activities. The senior building will have community balconies and a rooftop garden. There will be ample parking under the property in a garage with multiple entrances and exits. The property will be handicapped accessible.
4. What are the unit sizes?
Units will range in size from 650 square feet to 850 square feet.
5. Can anyone live in Elizabeth Square?
Phase I of the new Elizabeth House will only be available to residents 62 years of age or older. The units which transfer over from the existing Elizabeth House will continue to serve as affordable housing units. All affordable housing units at the new Elizabeth House will require prospective residents to qualify for those units under the rules and regulations of those programs.
Phase II will likely be a mixed-income building for families, where some units will be affordable and some will be market rate.
6. Is the property going to be handicap accessible?
The entire property will be accessible as defined by the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA). The property will consist of elevator access to all floors, accessible door widths, and wide steps. The number of fully accessible units has not been finalized yet. However, all units will be visitable, and all bathrooms are planned to include installation of grab bars.
7. Who will coordinate and finance resident relocations?
HOC will coordinate and finance all required relocation-related expenses as a result of RAD. Existing residents will receive specific, thorough communication on the subject as the completion of the new building approaches.
8. How much will my rent increase when I move into the new Elizabeth House?
For nearly all residents, whose rents are calculated based on incomes, rents will continue to be calculated in the same manor. There may be individual cases where resident rents change. This primarily affects residents who are either zero renters or pay very little in rent. The RAD program notice allows for a phase in period of 3 to 5 years for any monthly rental amount that changes by more than $25.
9. What about the current security concerns?
The current security concerns are being evaluated for solutions to both ongoing operations and to be introduced in the new building
10. Can HOC repair the current Elizabeth House?
In all instances, HOC will continue to manage and maintain the property.
11. How many additional meetings will HOC hold during the development?
HOC’s goal is to provide all news to residents prior to them hearing it from a public source. Most important of all, HOC’s goal is to keep residents involved in every stage of the development process. As a result of the two goals, numerous meeting will take place over the next four years.
Residents will hear the latest information, provide their feedback, and receive answers to their questions during every scheduled meeting.
12. What are my options?
Current Elizabeth House residents have two options. The first is to remain in place at the existing Elizabeth House until construction is projected to be complete in 2018 and move into your new home. The second option is to explore alternative arrangements for permanent housing elsewhere in Montgomery County. All current residents will have the option to move into the New Elizabeth House.
13.What exactly is the process?
Once all of the necessary approvals have been received,
- Phase I construction will begin for the new Elizabeth House.
- Once construction is complete, residents who wish to move into the new Elizabeth House will work with management staff to do so. Residents who wish to move elsewhere will also have that option as well.
- Once the existing Elizabeth House is vacant, the building will be demolished.
- The building in Phase II will be constructed; it will take two years for completion.
14. Can I see the plan in writing?
The attached PowerPoint presentation is the most appropriate and current development plan.
15. Will Elizabeth Square be accessible to public transportation?
Public transportation will be accessible to the property.
16. How and when will residents be able to choose a unit type?
The management staff will work with residents before construction is complete in the new Elizabeth House to select their new homes. Staff has not come up with a schedule at this point but will provide residents with ample notice.
17. Why is it estimated that it will take four years to complete development?
It takes approximately two years to complete a design that meets all necessary entitlement requirements and receives the appropriate permitting approvals. It takes two years to build a high-rise.
18. Why not reduce the amount of outside space and increase the unit sizes?
HOC and the developer must abide by Federal, State and County statues which control the land usage.
19. Who owns the Alexander House?
HOC owns the Alexander House.
20. I have more questions. Who can I contact?