Moving to Work
EHA Accepted into MTW Demonstration
In May 2021, Everett Housing Authority (EHA) was accepted into the MTW demonstration. In August 2021, EHA officially joined MTW. EHA will be part of the demonstration for 20 years.
Participating in MTW will enhance EHA’s ability to accomplish its strategic goals and better serve the Everett community with the flexibilities available to MTW agencies. EHA’s vision for its MTW program is Thriving Resident Households.
All of the activities EHA implements will further this vision, and the agency’s mission: “The Everett Housing Authority creates affordable housing, fosters healthy communities where households thrive, and replaces systemic racism with equity for all.”
EHA is part of the Rent Reform group of MTW agencies, which are testing out a new way of setting rents paid by certain residents/participants with vouchers.
Later in 2021, EHA will be developing its first MTW Supplement to its Annual Plan, which will provide more detail about EHA’s plans for using MTW flexibility for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. Residents and the public will have the opportunity to give feedback on the MTW Supplement through a comment period and meetings in late 2021 or early 2022. Meetings will be announced soon.
What is MTW?
MTW (also known as Moving to Work) is a demonstration program for housing authorities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). MTW agencies design and test innovative, locally developed strategies to accomplish three objectives: use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families.
EHA submitted an application to HUD to join the MTW demonstration on January 7, 2021. A copy of EHA’s application is available here.
EHA held three meetings in October and November 2020 for residents and program participants to learn more about MTW and EHA’s application. Click here to download a copy of the presentation.