HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 16-050
Jereon Brown
(202) 708-0685
For Release
April 15, 2016

39 public housing agencies will continue to enjoy greater program flexibility

WASHINGTON - Thirty-nine local public housing agencies across the country will continue to enjoy significantly greater flexibility to operate their federally funded housing programs following an announcement today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Existing agreements under HUD's Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program for 39 public housing authorities (PHAs) will now continue in effect until 2028 (see list below).

MTW gives housing agencies exemptions from many existing requirements associated with their public housing and voucher programs, as well as more flexibility with how they use their federal funds. The 20-year-old demonstration also allows agencies to propose and test innovative, locally designed approaches to administering housing programs and self-sufficiency strategies.

"This extension provides HUD with an additional 12 years to learn from the innovative work of MTW agencies," said Lourdes Castro Ramirez, HUD's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. "We're confident that locally driven strategies designed to expand housing choice and promote greater economic self-sufficiency will strengthen communities and further affordable housing opportunities."

The MTW demonstration has three goals - reducing costs while achieving greater cost-effectiveness; providing families with incentives to become economically self-sufficient, and increasing housing choices for low-income families. While MTW agencies have considerable flexibility, they must still abide by all other federal rules and regulations, including the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act, labor standards, environmental rules, procurement guidelines, demolition and disposition procedures and relocation regulations.

Participating MTW Agencies are:

  1. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, AK
  2. Atlanta Housing Authority, GA
  3. Housing Authority of Baltimore City, MD
  4. Boulder Housing Partners, CO
  5. Cambridge Housing Authority, MA
  6. Housing Authority of Champaign County, IL
  7. Charlotte Housing Authority, NC
  8. Chicago Housing Authority, IL
  9. Housing Authority of Columbus, GA
  10. Delaware State Housing Authority, DE
  11. District of Columbia Housing Authority, DC
  12. Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, VA
  13. Holyoke  Housing Authority, MA
  14. Keene Housing, NH
  15. King County Housing Authority, WA
  16. Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority, KS
  17. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority, KY
  18. Lincoln Housing Authority, NE
  19. Louisville Metropolitan Housing Authority, KY
  20. Massachusetts Dept. of Housing and Community Development, MA
  21. Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, MN
  22. Housing Authority of the City of New Haven, CT
  23. Oakland Housing Authority, CA
  24. Orlando Housing Authority, FL
  25. Philadelphia Housing Authority, PA
  26. Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, PA
  27. Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority, OH
  28. Housing Authority of Portland, OR
  29. Housing Authority of the City of Reno, NV
  30. San Antonio Housing Authority, TX
  31. Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, CA
  32. San Diego Housing Commission, CA
  33. Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo, CA
  34. Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, CA
  35. Housing Authority of the City of San Jose, CA
  36. Seattle Housing Authority, WA
  37. Tacoma Housing Authority, WA
  38. Tulare County Housing Authority, CA
  39. Vancouver Housing Authority, WA


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