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Moving to Work Demonstration Program

Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program for public housing authorities (PHAs) that provides them the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally designed strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families. MTW allows PHAs exemptions from many existing public housing and voucher rules and provides funding flexibility with how they use their Federal funds. PHAs in the MTW demonstration have pioneered a number of innovative policy interventions that have been proven to be successful at the local level, and subsequently rolled out to the rest of the country’s PHAs. Currently, there are 80 MTW PHAs nationwide and HUD plans to expand the program to an additional 59 PHAs by 2022.


MTW Expansion Information

Updated May 7, 2021

HUD is thrilled to announce that the first forty-one agencies, representing communities across the nation, have been selected for the expansion of the MTW Demonstration Program.  Additionally, HUD published notices inviting interested PHAs to apply to the third and fourth cohorts of the MTW Expansion. PHAs interested in joining the MTW Demonstration Program and other interested individuals can find everything they need to know about the MTW Expansion by going to the MTW Expansion webpage. Additional links can also be found in the right side navigation panel on that page.


What's New with MTW

Announcement of MTW Expansion Cohort 2

May 7, 2021

HUD has announced the 10 public housing agencies (PHAs) that have been selected for the second cohort of the MTW Expansion. A brief description of each PHA can be found on the Cohort 2 page under “Applicant/Selectee Information”. The second cohort of the MTW Expansion will evaluate alternative rent policies designed to increase resident self-sufficiency and reduce PHA administrative burdens. It includes PHAs with 1,001 or more aggregate units of public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) units.


MTW Supplement to the Annual PHA Plan Published

March 22, 2021

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the MTW Supplement to the Annual PHA Plan.  The MTW Supplement to the Annual PHA Plan describes the reporting requirements for MTW Expansion PHAs and will be submitted once per year as part of the standard PHA Plan process. MTW Expansion PHAs will indicate the MTW activities they intend to implement from the list of MTW Waivers provided in the MTW Operations Notice. In response to stakeholder feedback, HUD has attempted to simplify and streamline the reporting process, eliminate the standard metrics, and provide the same level of flexibilities through the MTW Waivers, Agency-Specific Waivers, and Safe Harbor Waivers.

The MTW Supplement to the Annual PHA Plan will be submitted by MTW Expansion agencies using a web-based form, not using Word or PDF files as is the case for other documents in the PHA Plan.


New Cityscape Reflects on MTW

January 14, 2021

The newest issue of Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research features a symposium reflecting on the MTW Demonstration. Six articles report research conducted by Urban Institute and MDRC for a HUD-sponsored retrospective evaluation of MTW. Congress requested an assessment of the MTW demonstration as a whole, rather than studies of initiatives at individual agencies. The six retrospective studies reported on in this symposium offer the first longitudinal analysis and the most comprehensive view to date of MTW agencies, MTW housing assistance, MTW activities, and the performance of MTW agencies in relation to statutory objectives. The essay on HUD’s Rent Reform Demonstration also included here explains MTW’s contribution to a major, groundbreaking study on rent setting in HUD programs. This issue can be found here.


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Last updated May 7, 2021

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