What is the Community Choice Demonstration?
The CCD is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build rigorous evidence on how to advance the long-held goals of expanding residential choice and facilitating moves to opportunity areas by households participating in the HCV program. Through a rigorous evaluation that includes a process study, an impact study based on a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and a cost study, HUD intends to learn whether and to what extent housing mobility-related services facilitate moves to opportunity areas by families with children. The evaluation also will assess the contextual factors that affect the extent to which outcomes of the CCD were achieved.
The CCD has two phases. Phase 1 will test comprehensive mobility-related services (CMRS), and Phase 2 will test selected mobility-related services (SMRS) and compare them with CMRS. The cost study will document the costs of these services and their components, and identify the most cost-effective model.
HUD has selected an Evaluation Team for Phase 1 led by Abt Associates, and supported by evaluation partners, outside consultants, and an Expert Panel.
More information on the evaluation is available on HUD’s Policy Development and Research website.
Comprehensive Housing Mobility-Related Services
Each PHA site participating in the CCD is implementing substantially the same set of CMRS. These include:
- Pre-Move Services: individualized coaching for families to remove barriers in accessing opportunity neighborhoods
- Search Assistance: assistance identifying available units in opportunity areas
- Flexible Family Financial Assistance: funding to cover security deposits and flexible assistance to cover application fees, transportation costs and other costs that could pose a barrier to moving to an opportunity area
- Owner Incentives: a holding fee that compensates owners if voucher-holders fail to complete the lease, a lease-up bonus, and a damage mitigation fund
- Post-Move Services: check-ins with the family and owner following the move to ensure things are going smoothly and troubleshoot challenges
PHAs also made administrative policy changes to facilitate moves to opportunity areas, including changes to voucher payment standards to ensure they are adequate to enable families to be able to afford units in opportunity areas and expedited unit inspections.
A visual description of the CMRS is included below:
Leveraging the CCD Experiences for all PHAs
A wide range of materials have been developed for the CCD implementation. HUD’s technical assistance provider modified these materials and have made them available for use by any PHA interested in implementing a housing mobility program. On the HUD Exchange, PHAs can find:
- Program Set-Up Guide: A starting point for PHAs interested in developing a housing mobility program
- Program Manual: A detailed housing mobility program services implementation guide
- Client Binder: A sample set of materials for use by the housing mobility program clients
- Sample workshops: A sample set of workshops and guides
HUD conducted a webinar series (see links below) on the CCD to share information on the early stages of implementation.
- The Community Choice Demonstration: An Overview
- Considerations for Launching a Housing Mobility Program
- What are Mobility-Related Services?
HUD also maintains a separate housing mobility webpage with more general information.
History of the CCD
The CCD was authorized and funded through the 2019 and 2020 Appropriations Acts, which made available a total of $50 million: up to $40 million for housing mobility-related services and up to $10 million for new vouchers for families with children. The 2019 Appropriations Act also makes available $3 million for a research evaluation.
In July 2020, HUD released FR-6191-N-01, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration which described how PHAs could apply to participate in the Demonstration.
Applications for the CCD were due in February 2021. In late April 2021, 9 PHA sites were selected for the CCD. One site withdrew from the CCD in late 2022, leaving 8 participating PHA sites as seen in the map at the top of this website.
HUD also released additional Federal Register notices related to the CCD:
- Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration for Awarded PHAs, Supplementary Notice for Demonstration Participants
- Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration, Restrictions on Participating in the Mobility Demonstration, and the Moving to Work Demonstration Expansion
- Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration, Extension of Application Due Date (first extension)
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration, Extension of Application Due Date (second extension)
To assist PHAs with completing their applications, HUD made the following information available:
- Sample Form HUD-52515
- Data Tool Instructions for Category A and D Applicants (Google Chrome Preferred Web Browser)
- Data Tool Instructions for All Applicants (Google Chrome Preferred Web Browser)
- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116–6)
- Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94)
- PDF: Questions and Answers, Updated January 14