Moving To Work

In 1996, Congress authorized the Moving to Work Demonstration program. The program allows selected public housing authorities (PHAs) to design and test ways to promote self-sufficiency among assisted families, achieve programmatic efficiency and reduce costs, and increase housing choice for low-income households. There are roughly 38 PHAs participating in the MTW demonstration program. In 2016, Congress expanded the demonstration to include 100 additional PHAs. Participating PHAs may waive many statutory requirements otherwise applicable to the public housing and Voucher program. PHAs favor the program but tenants and advocates have had a mixed response depending on which rules are waived and the effect of the changes on the lowest income families. NHLP continues to monitor the expansion of the program as well as existing MTW jurisdictions and its impacts on tenants.

Statutory and Regulatory Authority

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