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 (41) agencies, representing communities across the nation, have been selected for the expansion of the MTW Demonstration Program. Additionally, in January 2021, HUD published the notice inviting interested PHAs to apply to the Landlord Incentives Cohort and applications are due later this year. 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
Updated Special Purpose Vouchers Guidance for MTW Agencies
August 5, 2021
HUD has updated its questions and answers guidance on Special Purpose Vouchers (SPVs) that are administered by MTW agencies. The document covers various topics related to SPVs, such as MTW fungibility, applying MTW program flexibilities, reporting requirements, and new SPV types including Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) and Mobility Vouchers. HUD will continue to update this document as new SPV types are authorized and if any changes are needed for SPVs administered by MTW agencies. The updated SPV Q&A guidance can be found on the Policy Guidance page or here.
Announcement of MTW Expansion Stepped and Tiered Rent Cohort
May 7, 2021
HUD has announced the 10 public housing agencies (PHAs) that have been selected for the Stepped and Tiered Rent Cohort of the MTW Expansion. A brief description of each PHA can be found on the Stepped and Tiered Rent Cohort page under “Applicant/Selectee Information”. The Stepped and Tiered Rent Cohort of the MTW Expansion will evaluate stepped and tiered rent alternatives 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.
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Last updated August 11, 2021