New CURS report — Innovation in Public Housing: The Moving to Work Demonstration

As part of efforts to help selected public housing authorities experiment with different ways to provide decent, affordable housing to low-and moderate-income households, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program in 1996. MTW allows participating housing authorities to request waivers to suspend or modify certain HUD regulations and to merge various HUD disbursements into a single, flexible fund to advance three goals: (i) expand housing options; (ii) move families toward self-sufficiency; and (iii) provide services in more cost-effective ways. Existing MTW agreements will expire in 2018, and HUD is currently negotiating extensions with the 39 participating agencies. Housing advocacy organizations have weighed in on the terms of these extensions.

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