Partipation in MTW Demonstration Completed
The Housing Authority of the City of High Point (HPHA) currently has 1,197 public housing units, 100 new construction units, and 1,291 Section 8 certificates and vouchers. HPHA is a leader in building single-family homes to sell to low-income families. HPHA's homeownership programs are nationally recognized as setting the standard for other public housing agencies. HPHA's MTW program affects all of its public housing and Section 8 residents with the exception of families in the Section 8 New Construction and Family Unification programs. HAHA's MTW program began March 29, 1999 and will terminate December 31, 2004.
HPHA began its MTW program in 1999, and HPHA reports that implementation of the program has progressed smoothly.
HPHA's primary goal for its MTW program is to have one member of each family employed at least 32 hours per week at minimum wage. In addition, HPHA has the following general goals:
Increase the share of residents who are working.
Increase the share of residents making progress towards self-sufficiency.
Expand resident-owned businesses.
Increase homeownership among residents.
Achieve greater income mix in project based programs.
Increase the number of residents moving out of assisted housing.
Increase rent revenues from residents.
Enhance HA capacity to plan and deliver effective programs.
Improve community leaders' assessment of the HA and its programs.
Improve neighbors' assessment of the public housing developments and households.
In January 2000, HPHA raised the minimum rent for able-bodied, non-elderly residents to $100. The minimum rent for elderly and disabled residents is $25. HPHA grants exemptions to the minimum rent on a case by case basis.
HPHA's plans to raise the minimum rent to $150 in January 2001 were postponed pending further analysis of the financial burden on residents.
The minimum goal for each family is to have one member employed at least 32 hours per week at minimum wage. All households with at least one member working the equivalent of 32 hours per week at minimum wage will be eligible for a $1,200 annual transportation income deduction. This deduction will also be given to those enrolled in an HPHA-approved training or educational program.
All families in public housing and Section 8 are considered MTW families, with the exception of families in the Section 8 New Construction and Family Unification programs.
HPHA changed the name of its FSS program to the MTW/FSS program. Participation in MTW/FSS is voluntary for all public housing and Section 8 families.
All MTW/FSS participants must sign a contract of participation, execute an Individual Service Plan, and set goals to accomplish during the contract term.
The typical contract term for the MTW/FSS program is five years. In certain cases, a family can apply for an extension.
To remain in MTW/FSS, families must comply with basic public housing and Section 8 occupancy requirements and HUD regulations, cooperate with HPHA staff, and demonstrate effort to achieve self-sufficiency.
HPHA's MTW/FSS program offers numerous services including escrow accounts, job training, GED preparation, transportation assistance, budget and credit counseling, case management, and job placement assistance.
To provide services to MTW/FSS participants, HPHA partners with several social service providers, community organizations, and colleges including the Guilford County Department of Social Services, Family Services of the Piedmont, Guilford County Technical Community College, and the High Point Chamber of Commerce.
Greensboro Field Office
2306 West Measowview Road
Greensboro, NC 27407-3707
F (336) 547-4129
Michael Williams, Director
Authority of the City of High Point
55 East Russell Avenue
High Point, NC 27261
F (336) 887-2414
MTW Contact Staff
Robert L. Kenner, Executive Director