In May 2000, the County of San Mateo (HACSM) began its original MTW program, in which a total of 300 vouchers were designated as MTW vouchers with certain self-sufficiency features and time-limited assistance requirements built into the program design. In 2008, the Standard Agreement expanded HACSM's MTW status to the entire Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Public Housing programs, offering budget flexibility, the authority to develop policies that are outside certain HUD regulations, and the ability to explore new and innovative methods of delivering housing to low-income families of San Mateo County.
HACSM's MTW goals now include:
- Providing case management services which link the current MTW Self-Sufficiency participants to community based services that will assist them in obtaining employment, securing reliable child care, completing educational goals, improving credit ratings, establishing savings, and participating in homeownership counseling.
- Reducing the frequency of program participant re-examinations, simplifying the verification process and subsidy calculation, and reducing the frequency of inspections for units that meet certain criteria.
- Streamlining the Project-Based voucher application and selection process, increasing the number of Project-Based units, using funding flexibility to assist production of affordable units while maintaining assistance to the same number of households, and accepting referrals from homeless service providers of homeless individuals and families for assistance under the MTW Program.
HACSM currently administers approximately 200 public housing units and 4,200 Housing Choice Voucher units.
HACSM's MTW program began May 1, 2000. HACSM signed the Standard Agreement on April 8, 2008, extending its participation in MTW until June 30, 2018.
MTW Activities and Information