Moving to Work Demonstration Program

The purpose of this demonstration is to give public housing agencies and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development the flexibility to design and test various approaches for providing and administering housing assistance that: reduce cost and achieve greater cost effectiveness in Federal expenditures;
give incentives to families with children where the head of household is working, seeking work, or is preparing for work by participating in job training, educational programs, or programs that assist people to obtain employment and become economically self-sufficient; and increase housing choices for low-income families.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - None.

Inquiries should be addressed to the Public Housing Director who has jurisdiction over the PHA (See the Catalog, Appendix IV for HUD Program office addresses).

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016 administration budget proposal expanded the MTW program for 36 families. Fiscal Year 2017: FY 2017 administration budget proposal includes a request to expand the MTW program for 39 families.. Fiscal Year 2018: FY 2017 administration budget proposal includes a request to expand the MTW program to 39 families.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under the demonstration, notwithstanding any provision of the United States Housing Act of 1937 except as provided in section 204(e) of Public Law 104-134, an agency may combine operating assistance provided under section 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, and tenant-based assistance provided under section 8 of such Act,to provide housing assistance for low-income families, as defined in section 3(b)(2) of the United States Housing Act of 1937, and services to facilitate the transition to work on such terms and conditions as the agency may propose and the Secretary may approve.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public housing agencies administering the public housing program and/or the section 8 housing assistance payments program may be selected by the Secretary to participate.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income public housing residents.


PHAs must enter into an agreement with the Department that details the terms and conditions of participation in the demonstration. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. PHAs annually submit an MTW Plan to the program office that documents new and ongoing MTW activities. Plans must include criteria for: (A) families to be assisted, which shall require that at least 75 percent of the families assisted by participating demonstration public housing authorities shall be very low-income families, as defined in section 3(b)(2) of the United States Housing Act of 1937; (B) establishing a reasonable rent policy, which shall be designed to encourage employment and self-sufficiency by participating families, consistent with the purpose of this demonstration, such as by excluding some or all of a family's earned income for purposes of determining rent; (C) continuing to assist substantially the same total number of eligible low-income families as would have been served had the amounts not been combined; (D) maintaining a comparable mix of families (by family size) as would have been provided had the amounts not been used under the demonstration; and (E) assuring that housing assisted under the demonstration program meets housing quality standards established or approved by the Secretary; and (4) may request assistance for training and technical assistance to assist with design of the demonstration and to participate in a detailed evaluation.

Award Procedures

The program office reviews and approves the MTW Plan.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, Public Law 114-113.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The program office must notify the PHA within 75 days after the PHA submits the Plan of disapproval. If the PHA is not notified of disapproval within 75 days, the Plan shall be considered approved.


To be determined.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

MTW agencies must meet the requirements stated in their MTW agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant agreements are executed and funds are made available through HUD's financial system.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual MTW report is required 90 days after the end of the PHAs fiscal year.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The MTW program is audited in conjunction with the regular HUD or independent public accountant audit of PHA operations.


The PHA must maintain budgets and cumulative cost records for review by HUD and independent auditors, as applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0304-0-1-604; 86-0302-0-1-604; 86-0163-0-1-604.


(Formula Grants) FY 16 $3,703,906,074; FY 17 est $3,912,687,996; and FY 18 est $3,912,687,996

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Inquiries should be addressed to the Public Housing Director who has jurisdiction over the PHA (See the Catalog, Appendix IV for HUD Program office addresses).

Headquarters Office

Marianne Nazzaro 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 202.402.4306

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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