The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the Commonwealth's housing and community development agency. Since 1975 it has administered a statewide Section 8 program. DHCD has authority for near 20,000 units of Section 8 housing and contracts with eight regional housing agencies (and one local housing authority) to administer the program on its behalf.
The Massachusetts DHCD Moving to Work (MTW) initiative redesigns a percentage of its Section 8 project account to support families receiving public assistance and making the transition to work.
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DHCD implemented its MTW program in 1999 and signed the Standard Agreement in 2008, extending its participation in MTW until the end of its 2018 fiscal year.
From 1999 to 2008, the scope of DHCD's MTW participation was limited to a small program that provided a financial assistance package of rent and stipends to participating low-income families. The program, which is ongoing, involves a total of 183 families and is administered in the Boston area (61 families) by Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership and in south Worcester County (122 families) by RCAP Solutions, Inc. DHCD is currently undertaking the process of expanding its MTW program to cover more of its portfolio.