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MTW Agency Accomplishments

Internal Studies and Reports of Successful Practices

The Moving to Work Demonstration Program has given MTW Agencies the flexibility to engage in innovative activities that have the potential to inform housing policy. This page provides reports produced in-house by MTW agencies, evaluating different policies made possible through MTW flexibilities. The goal of this compilation is to provide a resource to inform other MTW agencies and policymakers about the creative and informative policies agencies have been implementing using MTW authorizations.

Agency Directed Evaluations

1. King County (KCHA) created a pilot program to test new policies that produced interesting and informative results. KCHA has provided HUD with the first in-house report on its implementation of an innovative approach that successfully houses chronically homeless single adults and addresses their many health and service needs in a largely suburban setting. KCHA's South King County Housing First Pilot Report documents the collaborative planning and resource alignment that showcase this housing and services innovation.

 -   King County Housing Authority's First Pilot Program: Providing Housing and Services to the Chronically Homeless in the Suburbs, Innovations and Lessons Learned

2. In 2005, San Mateo County published Housing our People Effectively (HOPE), a strategic plan, providing recommendations and strategies to end homelessness in the county. One of the key programmatic responses developed by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) to address the needs identified in the HOPE plan is the Housing Readiness Program (HRP). The HRP is a demonstration project that addresses the housing needs of 60 homeless families through the use of three-year time-limited Housing Choice Vouchers.

HACSM recently released a study by Sarah Rosendahl of the HRP program which reports that the program has been fully implemented, successfully using Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to quickly re-house 58 households representing 107 formerly homeless persons. Caseworker assessments show that more than half of the households are likely to succeed or are already on the path to success. This study offers recommendations that could help increase the likelihood of achieving self-sufficiency for current program participants along with ways to improve the potential for success of new applicants and additional evaluation strategies for year two of the program.

 -   Housing Readiness Program Year One Evaluation for the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo