The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 called for expanding the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program, which allows designated public housing agencies (PHAs) more flexibility to design their housing rules and programs, to include 100 more high-performing PHAs over the next 7 years.


In this column, Kymian Ray, Neighborhood and Community Investment Specialist, Public Housing Community and Supportive Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, highlights how HUD and other federal agencies are addressing the housing challenges of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Rapid re-housing is an intervention to address homelessness that includes three core components: 1) housing identification, 2) move-in and short-term rental assistance, and 3) rapid re-housing case management and services In 2009, HUD awarded grants to 23 communities to implement the Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Demonstration (RRHD) program.

HUD and other federal agencies have recently begun focusing on the issue of youth homelessness. In 2012, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released the Federal Framework to End Youth Homelessness, an amendment to the federal government’s comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors.

The steady growth in the national labor market has been one of the major stories of the current economic recovery. Since total nonfarm payrolls hit a post-recession low of 129.7 million in February 2010, the number of jobs has increased 10.9 percent to 143.8 million in March 2016.

A well-established and growing body of research shows that social and economic factors substantially influence individual health. According to one estimate, these nonmedical factors can account for up to 40 percent of all health outcomes.


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