Moving to Work (MTW)

Housing Authority of Washington County Moving to Work Information Page

The Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) is in the process of applying for Moving to Work (MTW) status with HUD.  The MTW demonstration program provides select public housing authorities with a unique opportunity to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency strategies for low-income families.  MTW agencies have the flexibility to administer their public housing and HCV programs with policies that can address local needs and allow the public housing authority to utilize restricted funds in creative ways.   

Public Meetings

The public meetings provide an opportunity to learn about the MTW program and the proposed occupancy standard changes.  The goal is to discuss how these changes would impact HAWC and its participants.  In addition, the meetings will allow stakeholders to offer input on how HAWC will use its MTW flexibility.  Some of the activities required by HUD may impact how participant rent is calculated and how participants report household changes to HAWC.

Prior to the first meeting, HAWC will publish Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this page.  The FAQs will answer some general questions about the MTW program and the occupancy standard changes.  Staff will address specific questions during the public meetings. 

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss these changes!  Here is information for the Zoom calls:

October 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. PST

Meeting Number:  858 2659 8604
Call-In Number: 1 (253) 215-8782

October 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. PST

Meeting Number:  858 8815 6268
Call-In Number: 1 (253) 215-8782

What are some flexibilities that are available to MTW agencies?

Cost Effectiveness

~Using the MTW funds to leverage funds
~Streamlining HUD processes
~Simplification of rent calculations

Self Sufficiency

~Linking rental assistance with supportive services
~Earned income exclusions
~Self Sufficiency / employment requirements

Housing Choice

~Developing mixed-income tax credit properties and other affordable housing
~Developing sponsor-based voucher program to assist homeless and other at-risk groups
~Encouraging moves to higher opportunity areas

For more information on MTW please visit HUD's website at