Why Help WtW Families Search for Housing?
Assisting families in locating and leasing units is a crucial first
step to administering a successful WtW voucher program. Families
will need housing search assistance to secure stable, affordable
housing as quickly as possible. This assistance can also help families
think through important issues regarding housing location, such
as proximity to employment centers, public transportation, child
care centers, and schools.
In addition to the direct benefits for the participating families,
housing search assistance is also cost-effective for PHAs. PHAs
cannot earn the administrative fee needed to operate the program
until a unit is leased and under HAP contract. By informing families
about WtW program rules and PHA expectations, and by assisting them
during the housing search and leasing processes, the PHA increases
its ability to meet the program's leasing schedule.
Through special programs such as HUD's Moving to Opportunity for
Fair Housing Demonstration (MTO) and Regional Opportunity Counseling
(ROC), PHAs have made great strides in understanding and addressing
the needs of families in search of housing.
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