Moving to Work (MTW) Expansion

MTW Expansion – Cohorts

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. 

2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act

The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (the Act), authorizes HUD to expand the MTW demonstration. Section 239,

Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program in Cohort 1

On December 19, 2018, the MTW Office, along with Boulder Housing Partners and the Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia, held a webinar for public housing authorities interested in applying to the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program in Cohort 1. For interested agencies that were not able to attend, a recording of the presentation and the questions/answers session can be found here, and a copy of the PowerPoint slide deck can be found here.

HUD Publishes Federal Register Notice to Solicit Comment on MTW Amendment to the Consolidated Annual Contributions Contract

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.


HUD Publishes Notice to Select First Cohort and MTW Expansion Operations Notice

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

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.

Public Feedback on Draft MTW Expansion Operations Notice

Federal Register Public Comments: HUD appreciates all the time and consideration that the public gave in responding to the Federal Register Notices FR-5994-N-01 and FR-5994-N-02, on the Operations for the Expansion of the MTW Demonstration. HUD will consider all comments and the public will have another opportunity to provide input before the Notice is finalized. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the Expansion at this website.

The Federal Register public comments can be found here: and a summary of the feedback received at the listening sessions can be found here.

HUD Reopens Comment Period for MTW Expansion Operations Notice Soliciting Feedback

On May 4, 2017, HUD published Federal Register Notice: FR-5994-N-02, Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment; Waiver Revision and Reopening of Comment Period. This Notice revises the parameters of three waiver provisions and reopens the comment period for HUD's January 23, 2017, Federal Register notice entitled Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment (Operations Notice). The comment period is reopened for 32 days, until June 5, 2017, to allow interested participants and stakeholders additional time to review the revised Operations Notice and provide feedback to HUD.

HUD Publishes MTW Expansion Operations Notice Soliciting Feedback

On January 23, 2017, HUD published Federal Register Notice: FR-5994-N-01, Operations Notice. The Operations Notice requested public comment on the implementation and operations of the MTW Expansion, as authorized by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Appropriations Act). Public comments will inform HUD on the implementation and continued operations of the MTW agencies selected pursuant to the 2016 Appropriations Act.

In-person Listening Sessions: As part of our continuing efforts to foster dialogue with our partners, the MTW Office held four listening sessions for PHAs that are interested in applying to MTW and other industry partners. These sessions were held in Denver, Ft. Worth, Newark, NJ and Washington, DC. Through these listening sessions, we heard valuable feedback on all sections of the Operations Notice: evaluation and performance assessment; calculation of funding; statutory and regulatory waivers; and regionalization. More information on the listening sessions can be found here. Portions of the Washington, DC listening session were videotaped. The video includes members of the MTW Team providing an overview of select sections of the Operations Notice and can be accessed here along with the PowerPoint from the listening sessions. Summary of the feedback received at the listening sessions can be found here.

Selection Requirements Required by Statute

Of the 100 PHAs selected under the expanded MTW demonstration:

  • No less than 50 PHAs shall administer 1,000 or fewer aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • No less than 47 PHAs shall administer 1,001-6,000 aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • No more than 3 PHAs shall administer 6,001-27,000 aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • No PHA shall be granted this designation if it administers in excess of 27,000 aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • Five of the PHAs selected shall be agencies with a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) portfolio award that converts a PHA’s entire public housing inventory to RAD

One or more adjacent PHAs may be designated as a regional MTW PHA, and HUD is determining the parameters for a regional MTW PHA designation.


The key principles for the expansion of the MTW demonstration are to: simplify, learn, and apply.

The vision for the MTW expansion is to learn from MTW interventions in order to improve the delivery of federally assisted housing and promote self-sufficiency for low-income families across the nation. In order to do this, HUD will develop a program delivery model that simplifies and streamlines HUD oversight and provides flexibility to high-performing PHAs in the delivery of housing services.

MTW Research Advisory Committee

The Act requires HUD to establish a research advisory committee to advise the Secretary with respect to specific policy proposals and methods of research and evaluation. HUD received recommendations from the advisory committee on which policies to study and how to evaluate them and these are outlined in the PIH Selection Notice.

For more information, please visit the MTW Research Advisory Committee webpage.

MTW Flexibilities

In developing the framework for the MTW expansion, HUD aims to balance the deregulation desired by the industry with the need for a strong evaluative component. In implementing the expansion, the Department intends to provide as many of the flexibilities of the existing 39 MTW PHAs to the new MTW PHAs as possible, as long as they do not impact the evaluation of the policies to be studied within each cohort. HUD will learn from each cohort of MTW PHAs by testing specific policies in the areas of cost-effectiveness, self-sufficiency, and housing choice, which are the three statutory purposes of the MTW demonstration. These lessons learned will then inform HUD’s legislative agenda to improve program delivery for all PHAs.

Expansion Timeline 

HUD’s anticipated timeline for the expansion is as follows:

  • Summer 2018: Publish revised MTW Operations Notice for 45-day public comment; Revise MTW Operations Notice based on public comment; Publish MTW Selections Notice, to invite the initial cohort of MTW agencies to apply (likely 30 agencies). 
  • Winter 2018:  Publish final MTW Operations Notice in Winter 2018.  Publish notice that outlines the parameters of the second cohort and invite PHAs to submit letters of intent to apply.
  • Spring 2019: Designate the initial cohort of MTW agencies; Invite the second cohort of agencies to apply.
  • Summer 2019: Designate the second cohort of MTW agencies.

Additional cohorts of MTW PHAs will be added, based on the advice of the advisory committee, through 2020.


Last updated October 23, 2018