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Moving to Work (MTW) Application

This notice is to inform current Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing participants that Housing Connect intends to participate in the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. Currently, there are 39 Moving to Work PHAs nationwide and HUD plans to expand the program to addition 100 PHAs by 2022.

Moving to Work is a demonstration program for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that provides them the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally designed strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient and increase housing choices for low-income families.

Moving to Work also allows PHAs exemptions from many existing public housing and voucher rules and provides funding flexibility with how they use their Federal funds. PHAs in the Moving to Work demonstration have pioneered a number of innovative policy interventions that have been proven successful at the local level, and subsequently rolled out to the rest of the Country’s PHAs.

Housing Connect intends to participate in the Moving to Work Rent Reform Cohort which study’s and tests rent reform. Current rent calculations can be confusing and disincentive increasing income through employment. Under this Cohort, Housing Connect would move away from the traditional 30% of adjusted income rent calculation to a tiered or stepped rent structure. In the Moving to Work Rent Reform Cohort, these alternative rents will only apply to non-elderly, non-disabled households.

In the coming weeks you will be receiving a letter inviting you to a Resident/Participant meeting where we will explain the Moving to Work Demonstration Program in more detail. Your comments on these potential changes will be welcomed and considered.

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Moving to Work (MTW) Application Resources

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FAQs About Moving to Work (MTW) Application

  • What does Moving to Work mean?

    The title Moving to Work was created by HUD for a new designation to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) on how HCV and Public Housing works for agencies that receive the designation. The word “Moving” does not mean you need to move. The work “Work” does not mean you need to go to work.

  • What does this mean to me and my household?

    Nothing at this time. The letter you received was a requirement of the process for us to apply to Moving to Work status. As part of our application process we want to ensure that our participants have an opportunity for input. If we are approved for MTW, there will be a 6 to 12 month transition period. 

  • Do I need to do anything?

    No. You don’t need to do anything different at this time. Your participation in your respective housing program (HCV, PH) continues as normal. Please continue to pay your portion of rent, and meet your other program participation expectations.

  • What is the timeline?

    The application is due January 8th. We will post information on the website for tenant meetings and a public hearing. 

  • Why is Housing Connect applying?

    MTW allows Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) exemptions from many existing public housing and voucher rules and provides funding flexibility with how they use their Federal funds. PHAs in the MTW demonstration have pioneered a number of innovative policy interventions that have been proven successful at the local level, and subsequently rolled out to the rest of the Country’s PHAs. Housing Connect intends to participate in the MTW Rent Reform Cohort which studies and tests how rent is determined. Current rent calculations are cumbersome and confusing and can disincentive increasing income through employment. Under this Cohort, Housing Connect would move away from the traditional 30% of adjusted income rent calculation to a tiered or stepped rent structure. In the MTW Rent Reform Cohort, these alternative rents will only apply to non-elderly, non-disabled households.

  • How can I provide input?

    Housing Connect will be hosting community meetings in the coming weeks and months to allow for input in our application.
    Meetings will be held virtually at this time due to COVID-19.  If you are unable to attend, or need accommodation to allow for your participation, please call 801-270-1350

    Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
    Thursday, October 22nd at 6 pm and Friday, October 30th at 11 am.

    If you would like to attend, links to register for one of the meetings can be found here:  www.housingconnect.org/mtwmeetings

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