A PRRAC Program Review (March 2013). By Sarah Oppenheimer, Megan Haberle, and Philip Tegeler, with research support from Kayla Kitson.
Excerpt: One of the three statutory goals of the HUD Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration is to “increase housing choices for low-income families.” The MTW program allows HUD to waive provisions of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 and various HUD regulations at the request of selected Public Housing Agencies (PHAs or “agencies”) in pursuit of the program’s statutory goals. Additionally, MTW agencies are granted substantial flexibility in how they may apply their funds, as with the potential to interchangeably allocate funds from different sources. In theory, the MTW program’s flexibility could allow PHAs to overcome programmatic barriers to housing choice and mobility, and dramatically expand housing options for low-income families in higher opportunity areas.