UHA's Application for the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Was Not Selected
In June 2012 UHA submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program. MTW is a test program that allows housing authorities like UHA to try out innovative and customized policies and procedures (see "What is the MTW demonstration program" below for more information). For this application, only four housing authorities could be selected to join the MTW program. UHA was one of twelve housing authorities nationwide to apply for the opportunity. Although UHA's application was very strong and we received great feedback from the committee that made the selections, our application was not selected. As a result, UHA will not make the changes to our programs as we had described in our MTW application.
Even though our application was not successful, we want to thank our participants, landlords, and the public for their input and feedback during the application process last year. Your comments and suggestions helped us to design an application that was creative, unique, and competed well against the eleven applications that were submitted by other housing authorities.
HUD requests applications for the MTW program every few years, and UHA plans to reapply the next time applications are accepted.
Click the links below to download a copy of UHA's MTW Application or our Fact Sheet about the MTW program.
MTW Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions About the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program
What is the MTW demonstration program?
The Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program is a test program for public housing authorities (PHAs). MTW housing authorities have the opportunity to design and test policies and strategies that use funding more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families. PHAs that are chosen to participate in the MTW program are given more flexibility with how they use their Federal funding and are given exemptions from many existing rules of the Section 8 and Public Housing programs. MTW housing authorities use the flexibility to inform HUD about ways to better address local community needs.
The MTW demonstration program is overseen by the Office of Public Housing Investments (OPHI), within the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) at HUD headquarters. There are currently 34 MTW housing authorities across the country.
Why did UHA apply?
On February 27, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a Request for Applications for the MTW demonstration program. Up to four more housing authorities will be given MTW status. UHA submitted an application to become an MTW housing authority in response to the Request for Applications. If HUD accepts UHA’s MTW proposal, UHA will modify the current rules applicable to the Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs in order to encourage and reward self-sufficiency, increase program efficiencies, reduce UHA’s dependency on federal subsidies, and assist a larger number of low and lower-income families/shorten time on the UHA’s waiting lists.
Specific activities applicable to each individual program are contained in the separate documents available on this page (please see the section "More Information About Proposed Policy Changes Under the Moving to Work Program" below). These documents provide an explanation of the MTW program, as well as the proposed activities that would apply to the agency overall.
What happens next?
HUD periodically requests applications for the MTW program from housing authorities. UHA plans to reapply for the program the next time applications are being accepted.
Housing Authority of the City of Upland, California
Campus Avenue, Upland, California 91786