Moving To Work

CHA is one of 39 housing agencies chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moving to Work (MTW) Deregulation Demonstration program. Since 1996, this program has granted regulatory flexibility to a select group of agencies, allowing them to develop and implement innovative, market-based solutions.

Using MTW flexibility, CHA is better able to tailor programs that meet the specific needs of its community. CHA’s community-focused approach allows us to develop and implement fresh solutions.

Our statutory objectives:

  • Reduce cost and achieve greater cost effectiveness in federal expenditures
  • Give incentives to families with children whose heads of household are working, seeking work, or participating in job training or educational programs that assist in obtaining employment and economically self-sufficiency; and
  • Increase housing choices for low income families.

CHA’s MTW Agreement includes a thorough cataloging of the program. In addition to the regulatory and programmatic flexibility authorized, CHA’s Agreement permits us to combine our federal operating subsidies for the public housing and voucher programs with our annual capital grant into one “MTW block grant”.

CHA’s capital initiatives, made possible with MTW flexibility, preserve and add affordable units in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. The MTW program allows CHA to better invest in its families and housing stock, transform public housing, and provide enhanced support to almost 10% of the population.