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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Mobility Demonstration

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Mobility Demonstration was authorized and funded through the 2019 and 2020 Appropriations Acts. A total of $50 million is available to PHAs that participate in the demonstration: up to $10 million is for new vouchers for families with children and the remainder is available for mobility-related services. The 2019 Appropriations Act also makes available $3 million for a research evaluation.

On July 15, 2020, HUD released FR-6191-N-01, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration. PHAs interested in applying for the demonstration should follow the instructions in FR-6191-N-01. 

  • (New!) HUD has published a notice in Federal Register to partially restrict participation in both the HCV mobility demonstration program and the Moving to Work demonstration expansion program. These restrictions are necessary to ensure the integrity of the Congressionally-mandated evaluations of both demonstrations. This notice also provides two minor technical corrections to definitions provided in the July 15, 2020, HCV Mobility Demonstration Notice. The notice is available here.
  • (New!) HUD extended the application deadline to Monday, February 1st at 11:59 (EDT) pm.

The primary purposes of the demonstration are:

  • To provide voucher assistance and mobility services to families with children to encourage such families to move to lower-poverty areas;
  • To expand their access to opportunity areas, and
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies pursued under the demonstration.

Through the demonstration, HUD will implement, test, and evaluate whether housing mobility programs expand access to opportunity neighborhoods. 

This demonstration will allow participating PHAs throughout the country to implement housing mobility programs by offering mobility-related services to increase the number of voucher families with children living in opportunity areas.   In addition to offering mobility-related services, participating PHAs will work together in their regions to adopt administrative policies that further enable housing mobility, increase landlord participation, and reduce barriers for families to move across PHA jurisdictions through portability.

HCV Mobility Demonstration Links

Seeking Housing Assistance

Please reach out to your local HUD office and public housing agency (PHA) to learn more about the housing resources and opportunities within your community. For further information on how to locate the nearest HUD office and PHA, please click on the following link: https://resources.hud.gov/.