Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority (LDCHA) encompasses the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. The LDCHA MTW plan is predicated upon the belief that current Section 8 and public housing program rules distort the realities of the marketplace and do not prepare nor encourage tenants to address the challenges and responsibilities of an economically independent life.
The LDCHA MTW program is mandatory for all non-elderly, non-disabled residents. Elderly and disabled residents may choose to participate. It involves minimum and maximum rents; mandatory work or training requirements for non-student adults; a merged public housing and Section 8 waiting list; and an updated self-sufficiency program.
LDCHA's MTW program is intended to mimic the incentives of the private housing market. LDCHA believes that its rent policy will promote work among residents and encourage higher income residents to seek rental housing in the private market. LDCHA reports that MTW has positively impacted many residents, and that tenants seem able to adjust to the rent structure imposed by MTW.
LDCHA currently manages approximately 400 public housing units and administers a Section 8 program with 600 vouchers.
More info at: http://www.ldcha.org
LDCHA's MTW program began March 30, 1999 and signed the Standard Agreement in 2008, extending its participation in MTW until the end of its 2018 fiscal year.
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