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Evaluating Moving to Work (MTW) Flexibilities for Smaller Public Housing Agencies


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Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations language directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration program by adding 100 public housing agencies (PHA) to the program over a 7-year period. PHAs will be added to the MTW program in cohorts, with each cohort being subject to rigorous evaluation by HUD. HUD/PD&R has awarded a contract to Abt Associates to conduct the evaluation of the first cohort of MTW expansion PHAs. The first cohort of MTW expansion agencies includes 31 smaller PHAs, defined as agencies with less than 1,000 units, and will explore how these smaller PHAs use the flexibility offered by their new MTW designation to achieve the statutory objectives of the MTW program and what the consequences of that flexibility are for housing authority operations and tenants. The project will also support the development a set of performance outcome measures using administrative data that will allow HUD to monitor the progress of MTW agencies towards the statutory objectives of the program over time. The contract will be in operation from September 2018 through September 2025.

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Note: The status of this project is ongoing.

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