The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) joined the MTW demonstration in August of 2010. THA serves the city of Tacoma, Washington State's third largest city. THA provides high quality, stable and sustainable housing and supportive services to people in need. It does this in ways that help them prosper and help their communities become safe, vibrant, prosperous, attractive and just. THA use its MTW authority to further strengthen their mission and strategic direction. Specifically, their goals are to:
- Increase administrative efficiency;
- Encourage economic self-sufficiency among their residents; and,
- Increase housing options for low-income households residing in their jurisdiction.
Some initiatives that THA has used their MTW authority to implement include:
- Crafting housing solutions to encourage consistent enrollment for children at an area elementary school;
- Extending allowable tenant absence from unit for active duty soldiers;
- Creating a local project-based voucher program;
- Employing triennial re-certifications for fixed-income households;
- Modifying the Housing Choice Voucher inspection process;
- Utilizing local verification policies for Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing; and
- Partnering with local colleges and housing providers to reserve affordable housing units for college students experiencing homelessness.
THA also monitors its MTW program effectiveness carefully to measure performance and adapt initiatives to optimally meet the needs of their community.
THA currently administers approximately 5 public housing units, 4,750 Housing Choice Voucher units, and 600 local, non-traditional units.
More info at: https://www.tacomahousing.net/
THA was selected as an MTW agency through a competition held in 2009 as a part of HUD's 2009 budget appropriation (Section 236, title II, division I) and signed the standard agreement on August 23, 2010, which ran through its Fiscal Year 2018. As a result of Congress passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, THA’s MTW Agreement was modified and extended to the end of its Fiscal Year 2028.
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Last updated October 30, 2020