While the eligibility requirements for the WtW Voucher Program
target a specific population, HUD does not specify how PHAs are
to select from the large number of families eligible to participate
in the program. Therefore, developing clearly specified selection
criteria is a critical front-end task. It requires that a PHA and
its partners have a clear vision and understanding of the objectives
of the program, the critical housing needs of the community, and
the target population they intend to serve.
PHAs should consider selection criteria that will help identify
families with the most critical housing needs and who are most likely
to obtain or retain employment. Selecting the right families will
have a significant impact on whether the PHA succeeds, in achieving
its objectives as well as the broader objective of the program--enabling
families to obtain or retain employment.