The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) intends to convert 100% of its public housing properties through RAD. The properties are bundled into groups, which significantly reduces transactional costs.
The first group includes the Dwight D. Eisenhower Apartments that has 260 units that were converted under RAD. 194 of the units completed renovations in May 2017. This story is about the remaining 66 duplex family rental homes that also underwent renovations. The renovations to all units included new flooring, HVAC systems, finishes, doors, fixtures, appliances, and other upgrades. Site work included new concrete pavement, fencing, and landscaping. The community upgrades included two new playgrounds with a canopy, bike racks, a horseshoe pit, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and outdoor seating.
We met with three residents of Eisenhower Apartments—Ms. Jennifer Williams, Ms. Irene Ramirez, and Ms. Mercedes Ibarra—and Mr. Raul Torres (a resident of Kennedy Estates, another nearby completed RAD project) to hear about their experiences.
The common theme in these stories is that the RAD conversion and the reinvestment in their communities helped each resident's rental unit feel more like a home.
Photos and Video by Heather Hill / The Cloudburst Group