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Moving to Work Expansion

The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (the Act), authorizes HUD to expand the MTW demonstration. Section 239, https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr2029/BILLS-114hr2029enr.pdf

Public Feedback on Draft MTW Expansion Operations Notice

Federal Register Public Comments: HUD appreciates all the time and consideration that the public gave in responding to the Federal Register Notices FR-5994-N-01 and FR-5994-N-02, on the Operations for the Expansion of the MTW Demonstration. HUD will consider all comments and the public will have another opportunity to provide input before the Notice is finalized. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the Expansion at this website.

The Federal Register public comments can be found here: https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=50&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&dct=PS&D=HUD-2017-0013 and a summary of the feedback received at the listening sessions can be found here.


HUD Reopens Comment Period for MTW Expansion Operations Notice Soliciting Feedback

On May 4, 2017, HUD published Federal Register Notice: FR-5994-N-02, Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment; Waiver Revision and Reopening of Comment Period. This Notice revises the parameters of three waiver provisions and reopens the comment period for HUD's January 23, 2017, Federal Register notice entitled Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment (Operations Notice). The comment period is reopened for 32 days, until June 5, 2017, to allow interested participants and stakeholders additional time to review the revised Operations Notice and provide feedback to HUD.


HUD Publishes MTW Expansion Operations Notice Soliciting Feedback

On January 23, 2017, HUD published Federal Register Notice: FR-5994-N-01, Operations Notice. The Operations Notice requested public comment on the implementation and operations of the MTW Expansion, as authorized by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Appropriations Act). Public comments will inform HUD on the implementation and continued operations of the MTW agencies selected pursuant to the 2016 Appropriations Act.

In-person Listening Sessions: As part of our continuing efforts to foster dialogue with our partners, the MTW Office held four listening sessions for PHAs that are interested in applying to MTW and other industry partners. These sessions were held in Denver, Ft. Worth, Newark, NJ and Washington, DC. Through these listening sessions, we heard valuable feedback on all sections of the Operations Notice: evaluation and performance assessment; calculation of funding; statutory and regulatory waivers; and regionalization. More information on the listening sessions can be found here. Portions of the Washington, DC listening session were videotaped. The video includes members of the MTW Team providing an overview of select sections of the Operations Notice and can be accessed here along with the PowerPoint from the listening sessions. Summary of the feedback received at the listening sessions can be found here.


Selection Requirements Required by Statute

Of the 100 PHAs selected under the expanded MTW demonstration:

  • No less than 50 PHAs shall administer 1,000 or fewer aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • No less than 47 PHAs shall administer 1,001-6,000 aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • No more than 3 PHAs shall administer 6,001-27,000 aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • No PHA shall be granted this designation if it administers in excess of 27,000 aggregate voucher and public housing units;
  • Five of the PHAs selected shall be agencies with a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) portfolio award that converts a PHA’s entire public housing inventory to RAD

One or more adjacent PHAs may be designated as a regional MTW PHA, and HUD is determining the parameters for a regional MTW PHA designation.

Vision

The key principles for the expansion of the MTW demonstration are to: simplify, learn, and apply.

The vision for the MTW expansion is to learn from MTW interventions in order to improve the delivery of federally assisted housing and promote self-sufficiency for low-income families across the nation. In order to do this, HUD will develop a program delivery model that simplifies and streamlines HUD oversight and provides flexibility to high-performing PHAs in the delivery of housing services.

MTW Research Advisory Committee

The Act requires HUD to establish a research advisory committee to advise the Secretary with respect to specific policy proposals and methods of research and evaluation. HUD received recommendations from the advisory committee on which policies to study and how to evaluate them and these are outlined in the PIH Selection Notice.

For more information, please visit the MTW Research Advisory Committee webpage.

MTW Flexibilities

In developing the framework for the MTW expansion, HUD aims to balance the deregulation desired by the industry with the need for a strong evaluative component. In implementing the expansion, the Department intends to provide as many of the flexibilities of the existing 39 MTW PHAs to the new MTW PHAs as possible, as long as they do not impact the evaluation of the policies to be studied within each cohort. HUD will learn from each cohort of MTW PHAs by testing specific policies in the areas of cost-effectiveness, self-sufficiency, and housing choice, which are the three statutory purposes of the MTW demonstration. These lessons learned will then inform HUD’s legislative agenda to improve program delivery for all PHAs.

Expansion Timeline

HUD’s timeline for the expansion is as follows:

  • Spring 2016: Publish summary of submitted comments regarding recommendations for specific policy proposals and methods of research and evaluation on www.hud.gov/mtw.
  • Spring 2016: Publish the federal research advisory committee Charter in the Federal Register, file the Charter with Congress after the comment period closes and comments have been reviewed and considered.
  • Summer 2016: Two July calls with the federal research advisory committee in summer 2016, with an in-person meeting in Washington, DC in late-summer.
  • Winter-Spring 2017: Publish Notice to solicit feedback on the Operations Notice for the expansion of the MTW Demonstration program. Hold 4 MTW expansion listening sessions around the country.
  • Fall/Winter 2017: Publish the notice to select the initial cohort of MTW PHAs, once program guidelines have been established, to which PHA applicants will have up to four months to submit their applications.
  • Spring 2018: Select initial cohort of new MTW PHAs.

Additional cohorts of MTW PHAs will be added, based on the advice of the advisory committee, through 2020.