About Moving to Work

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 HUD’s Section 8 housing choice voucher program.  The MTW demonstration allows PHAs to combine funds from the public housing operating and modernization programs and the housing choice voucher program into a “block grant” to help the PHA better meet the purposes of the demonstration and the needs of its community.  An MTW PHA also receives certain other deregulatory concessions, such as the ability to waive certain HUD regulations in favor of locally developed polices specifically aimed at the needs of the MTW PHA and its resident population.

Congress originally authorized 30 PHAs to receive MTW designation under the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996.  Only Congress has the power to authorize the addition of new slots in the MTW demonstration. In some cases, Congress has authorized specific PHAs to become part of MTW, and in others, Congress has authorized HUD to select the agencies through its own processes.   When HUD is responsible for the selection of new MTW PHAs, HUD issues a Notice with criteria for admission and evaluates applications in a competitive process. 

Individuals interested in learning more can visit HUD’s MTW page