EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso hit a big milestone this week as it relocated thousands of its residents into a new facility. HACEP completed 2,000 moves on Tuesday.
HACEP is the first and largest housing authority in the U.S. to pursue the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, also known as RAD.
RAD was launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with the goal of revitalizing and reconstructing affordable housing all across the country.
HACEP’s CEO, Gerald Cichon says by the end of RAD in 2020, more than 6,100 apartment units will be renovated or reconstructed in 40 communities throughout the Sun City.
According to HACEP officials, the renovations will cost $1.3 billion.
The agency currently helps 40,000 El Pasoans. "There's a lot of work in moving 6,000 people. Each person has their own specific need -- whether it be if you don't have a car and you have to get to work in the morning, whether it's you have a child who has special needs and you have to go to a special school or a special teacher," said Cichon.
Cichon says there are still 8,000 more moves to complete.