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Moving to Work Program (MTW)

Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency initiatives in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCVP) and federal public housing programs.

Background of the Moving to Work Program

HUD's MTW website http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/mtw/ provides comprehensive information on the MTW program.

Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program authorized by Congress in 1996 to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency initiatives in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCVP) and federal public housing programs.

The program permits participating agencies to waive certain statutes and HUD regulations in order to achieve the demonstration's statutory MTW objectives that:

  • Reduce cost and achieve great cost effectiveness in Federal expenditures
  • Give incentives to families with children whose head of household are either working, seeking work, or are participating in job training, educational or other programs that assist in obtaining employment and becoming economically self-sufficient
  • Increase housing choices for low-income families

DHCD has been a HCVP MTW participating public housing agency since 1999. Until 2008, the scope of DHCD's MTW program has been limited to a small 183 unit program in southern Worcester county and greater Boston.

This initiative provides a financial assistance package of rent and stipends, coupled with case management support, to participating HCVP families receiving assistance and making the transition to work. Its design rewards work, encourages self-sufficiency and promotes housing choice for very low income families.

In June 2008, DHCD entered into an Amended and Restated Moving to Work Agreement with HUD to replace its original 10-year MTW Agreement signed in 1999. At this time, DHCD received HUD permission to significantly expand its MTW authority to include its entire HCV portfolio (over 18,800 units), with certain exceptions.

DHCD continued to operate its current small-scale 183 unit MTW demonstration program, but at the beginning of its 2010 fiscal year (July 1, 2009), DHCD began to take advantage of its extraordinary opportunity to test many different initiatives that target each of the three statutory objectives on a much larger scale. DHCD fully engaged its stakeholders in the process it undertook to transition to full MTW operations. During the spring of 2009, DHCD convened three separate task forces composed of a broad array of its stakeholders to help DHCD craft MTW initiatives that achieve the three statutory objectives of the demonstration program.

Every year each of DHCD's new MTW initiatives will be shown in an Annual MTW Plan. Under the terms of its MTW Agreement with HUD, DHCD is required to prepare and submit to HUD an MTW Annual Plan 75 days before the beginning of its July 1st fiscal year.  Also, DHCD is required to prepare and submit an Annual Report no later than 90 days after the conclusion of each fiscal year (September 30th).

By March 1st of each year, DHCD's draft Annual MTW Plan will be made available at this website. At the same time, DHCD will publish the date(s) of a public hearing(s) to receive oral and written comments on its draft Annual Plan. DHCD will also publish each fiscal year Annual MTW Plan and MTW Report on this site when HUD approval is received.

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