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Moving to Work Retrospective: A Picture of Moving to Work Agencies’ Housing Assistance

Release Date: 
April 2021 (41 pages)
Posted Date:   
April 30, 2021

“A Picture of Moving to Work Agencies’ Housing Assistance,” one of six reports produced by HUD’s MTW retrospective evaluation, describes MTW agencies in charts, graphs, and tables. It reports the demonstration’s growth between 2003 and 2017 (from 22 to 39 agencies), and its increasing share of HUD funding to PHAs (from 9 to 17 percent). It documents MTW agencies’ large size and their high-cost housing markets. It shows that MTW agencies and traditional PHAs serve households that are nearly the same in terms of age, sex, disability status, family composition, income, and rent burden, but that MTW-assisted households are more likely to be Black. Further, it shows that neighborhood poverty levels for assisted households hardly differ by agency type. Only a few differences emerged: Compared to traditional PHAs, between 2008 and 2016, MTW agencies more rapidly increased the use of project-based vouchers and added new households to their portfolios. In 2016, MTW agencies provided local, non-traditional housing assistance to about 10,000 households, counting sponsor-based programs, development units, and homeownership assistance. An online feature associated with this report, hosted by the Urban Institute, provides information about housing assistance at each individual MTW agency in 2008 and 2016 and allows users to download the data underlying this report.

Moving to Work (MTW) Study Page