Summary of the WtW Voucher Program Teleconference 10: More Employment Strategies and Success Stories
On February 26, 2002, HUD hosted its tenth WtW voucher program
national teleconference. Speakers discussed how to help families
receive job services, how to build TANF agency and workforce development
board partnerships, and strategies for building and maintaining
strong partnerships. Over 150 HUD field office staff and PHA WtW
staff participated in the call. Stephan Yank, a WtW Specialist at
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, moderated
the call and was joined by the following panelists:
- Kathryn Greenspan, Customer Services and Amenities Division
of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided
a brief HUD Update;
- Ruby Mason, Executive Director, and Tamara Wherer, FSS Coordinator,
of the Mid-Columbia
(OR) Housing Authority presented their agency's partnership
model for case-management and other strategies for supporting
WtW families in their efforts to obtain/retain employment.
- Sandi Douglas, Community Services Manager, and Denicia Gressel,
Lead Case Manager, of the San Jose/Santa Clara (CA) Housing Authority
presented a second partnership model for case management as well
as strategies for building partnerships and supporting WtW families
in their efforts to obtain/retain employment.
Following is a brief summary of the HUD Update. View our Promising
Program Practices page for more information about the partnership
models for case management presented by Mid-Columbia (OR) Housing
Authority and the San Jose/Santa Clara (CA) Housing Authority.
(Presented by Kathryn Greenspan, U.S. Department of Housing and
- During this teleconference, HUD provided information on the
reallocation process. Specifically, HUD said that it will maintain
the original number of 50,000 vouchers for the WtW voucher program.
For this reason, it is using a per unit annual budget authority
amount. This is the average per unit annual budget authority amount
for all of the units available for reallocation and announced
by the invitation. This amount may not accurately reflect the
costs of administering the WtW voucher program in a given PHA's
geographic area. Through the funding renewal process, HUD will
make any needed adjustments to bring budgeted amounts in-line
with actual costs.
- For more information, view the November 1, 2001 Federal
Register notice [FR-4694-N-01], which covers information on
the reallocation of baseline units and annual budget authority.
See Section II of the Notice.