This webcast gives an overview of the PIH Notice to select the first cohort to the MTW Expansion, and explains how interested PHAs can apply to the initial cohort of Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program. The Initial cohort will study MTW Flexibility and will be comprised of 30 PHAs that are high performers and administer less than 1,000 combined Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing units.
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 39 MTW PHAs nationwide and HUD plans to expand the program to addition 100 PHAs by 2022.
What's New with MTW
MTW Expansion – Cohorts
March 15, 2019
Eligible PHAs interested in joining the MTW Demonstration Program can find everything they need to know by going to a new webpage dedicated to the Expansion Cohorts.
HUD Publishes Federal Register Notice to Solicit Comment on MTW Amendment to the Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract
December 27, 2018
On December 27, 2018 the MTW Amendment to the Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract (CACC), was published in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period. The CACC will be amended for the PHA’s designation as an MTW agency. The amendment will set the term of participation, detail the requirements and covenants for a PHA to follow the MTW Operations Notice and its respective Selection Notice, which will detail cohort study obligations; and it will outline the possibility of a transition out of the demonstration. The amendment will also contain HUD’s recourse provisions in the case of a PHA’s default. We welcome any comments that you may have, which must be submitted directly to HUD by February 25, 2019.
MTW Notice to Select First Cohort Overview
December 10, 2018
HUD Publishes Notice to Select First Cohort and MTW Expansion Operations Notice
October 15, 2018
On October 11, 2018, HUD published Notice PIH 2018-17, Request for Letters of Interest and Applications under the Moving to Work Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2019: COHORT #1 – Overall Impact of Moving to Work Flexibility. This PIH Notice gives interested PHAs the opportunity to apply to the initial cohort of Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program. The Initial cohort will study MTW Flexibility and will be comprised of 30 PHAs that are high performers and administer less than 1,000 combined Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing units. In 2015, Congress directed HUD to expand the demonstration by 100 PHAs over seven years. The MTW Research Advisory Committee, recommended four policy changes that HUD will evaluate through the four MTW expansion cohorts: MTW flexibility, rent reform, work requirements and landlord incentives. Agencies interested in applying to the initial cohort – MTW flexibility, will be chosen through a two-step selection process explained in Notice PIH 2018-17. The application to apply to the second cohort of the new MTW PHAs, rent reform, will be announced later this year.
Additionally, on October 5, 2018, HUD published Federal Register Notice, FR-5994-N-03, Operations Notice for the Expansion of the MTW Demonstration Program (Operations Notice) on the implementation and the operations of the MTW expansion. The public is encouraged to provide comment and has 45 days to do so.This Notice was originally published on January 23, 2017, in the Federal Register, entitled “Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment.” On May 4, 2017, the Notice was republished with three technical revisions and an extension of the comment period. HUD took all comments received into consideration.
This Operations Notice summary document provides a helpful summary of the differences between the previous Operations Notices to the current Notice published October 5, 2018. Additionally, HUD has developed a MTW marketing brochure with great information to help spread the word to PHAs interested in applying to the MTW Demonstration Program.
MTW Supplement to the PHA Plan – for MTW Expansion PHAs
October 15, 2018
On October 9, 2018, the MTW Supplement form was published in the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period. The MTW Supplement will take the place of the MTW Plan/Report (i.e., Form 50900) 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 Operations Notice. In response to existing MTW PHA and industry 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 and Agency-Specific Waiver Requests. We welcome any comments that you may have, which must be submitted on the Federal Register webpage by December 10, 2018.
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