Resident Update: Model Relocation Transfer units
Overview of RAD at Emory Grove
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.
-HOC submitted the final redevelopment plan to HUD. There is nothing more the agency can do until it receives approval or feedback from HUD.
-It is predicted that HUD will respond to HOC by the mid–December 2014.
- HOC will begin relocating residents within 90 days of closing
- HOC will not push any residents out and will work with each family individually
- HOC is working with HUD in attempt to start the relocation process in November. The process starts with HOC providing residents with a notice to vacate. The notice will provide households with at least 90 to 120 days to vacate their unit. An official first offer will be mailed to residents as soon as HUD grants approval.
- Residents received their first offer during the meeting. HOC attempted to make sure that the proposed unit corresponds to resident’s geographical preference.
- Residents are asked to research the address to make sure that it meets their housing needs. HOC staff can assist with research. Residents are encouraged to drive past the unit and observe the surrounding neighborhood to make sure they approve of the proposed unit. Residents can see the unit’s interior in November.
- All families will be appropriately housed; however, boys and girls are not required to share the same room.
- Residents have to select a unit within 90 days of the second offer.
Meeting Q & A
- What has happened since the last meeting? Was the plan finalized?
Yes. The final plan was submitted and we are waiting for HUD approval to begin the relocation.
- We have an onsite rental office. Once the process is complete who do we report issues to regarding our unit or to pay rent?
The HUB Office that is assigned to your unit will be the site for the management office. The Emory Grove office may move to Washington Square (possible temporarily) once Emory Grove is vacated.
- Will we be out of here before the New Year?
That is HOC’s goal. Best way to assist us in getting the process to move quickly is to accept a unit and be ready to move when we get HUD approval.
- What is your advice on helping residents be prepared to move?
Once residents get their 3rd unit offer they have 90 days to relocate. If they select a unit sooner, such as the first or second offer, they should sign the forms to select the unit and be prepared. HOC will allow residents to leave unwanted items in the units and they will not be charged. Residents were informed that Resident Services will be setting up workshops and start meeting with residents to help them to prepare.
- Can we move when the unit is complete?
Not immediately. Households can relocate as soon as HUD provides the ok to relocate.
- Will the security deposit transfer?
No, but the Relocation Assistance aims to prevent ALL moving-related inconveniences such as security deposits, obtaining a moving truck or purchasing boxes. All residents have to do is pack and move. If you don’t want to take it, leave it.
- Will an existing reasonable accommodation still be in effect?
- Will utilities be calculated the same manner?
Presently, HOC cannot answer this question. An answer will be provided as soon as possible.
Phase One: Application Submission
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the RAD application, submitted by HOC, for Emory Grove on March 26, 2014.
Phase Two: Relocation Planning
There will be a full permanent relocation from Emory Grove, and all existing residents will reside in newly renovated housing that no one has lived in since the rehabilitation. HOC will submit its relocation plans to HUD on August 15, 2014. It is predicted that HUD will take three months to review the renovation plans.
Phase Three: Relocate Residents
HOC predicts that it will begin relocating Emory Grove residents in October 2014. All residents should be relocated by December of 2014.
HOC’s commitment is to remain transparent and keep all stakeholders informed of RAD-related developments. Most importantly, HOC is committed to keeping affected households actively involved in the conversion process. Below is key contact information for RAD-related questions, concerns, or comments.
Upcoming RAD Meetings
Emory Grove residents are invited to attend a community meeting regarding the relocation process for clients. All residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the RAD program and the timetable for relocation. HOC staff members will be present to answer additional RAD-related questions. The meeting will take place at the Emory Grove Family Resource Center, 8107 Morning View Drive, Gaithersburg, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.