The Moving to Work Program

Congress created the Moving to Work (MTW) program in 1996. The program allows housing authorities to alter HUD program rules for the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. The purpose of the program is to identify policy adjustments and local policy changes that can improve outcomes. MTW agencies represent a small percentage of all housing authorities, but the number is growing: HUD is in the process of adding another one hundred (100) agencies to the program. MTW agencies must ensure that their use of MTW flexibilities meets one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Increase affordable housing choices,
  2. Increase cost effectiveness, and/or
  3. Promote self-sufficiency.

Homes for Good became an MTW agency in 2022. As part of its participation in the MTW program, Homes for Good must draft a document each year describing its use of MTW authority. This document, which is known as the MTW Supplement to the PHA Plan, will go through a public process prior to being submitted to HUD for approval. You will find this document included in the Annual PHA Plan, located here.

MTW Waivers

Each MTW agency must tell HUD and the public which policies it plans to waive and why. This happens through the agency's annual planning process. HUD has some standard waivers that MTW agencies may choose, or MTW agencies can design their own waivers based on local needs. These are known as "agency-specific" waivers. For its first year in the MTW program, Homes for Good has selected seven (7) standard waivers and one (1) agency-specific waiver to implement. These waivers are described in the document below.