Making Things Work (MTW)
Making Things Work
In 2021, Everett Housing Authority (EHA) joined a select group of housing authorities around the country who are part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) MTW program. While the official acronym stands for “Moving to Work,” “Making Things Work” better encompasses what we can do in this program.
MTW is a demonstration program for housing authorities. MTW agencies design and test innovative, locally developed strategies to better meet local needs.
As a participant in the MTW demonstration, EHA can propose and implement alternatives to federal regulations that use Federal funding more efficiently, help residents find employment and become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families.
Each year, EHA adopts an MTW Supplement that describes our activities planned for the following year and reports on the past year. The Draft Annual Plan and MTW Supplement for the plan year that begins July 1, 2022 is available for review below. Public review and feedback was solicited between January 14-February 27, 2022. A public hearing on the Plan and Supplement was held February 28, 2022.
Tiered Rent Study
EHA was admitted to MTW as part of a group of housing authorities that are studying a tiered rent policy for non-elderly, non-disabled participants. Starting in late 2022, half of EHA’s non-elderly, non-disabled households will be selected to pay tiered rent. The other half of non-elderly and non-disabled households, as well as elderly and disabled households, will have their rent based on the current policy.
These participants will have their income reviewed and rent amount updated every three years instead of annually, and the rent calculation will be simplified. Tiered rent participants will pay rent based on the range of income that their income falls within, which will be more predictable for participants.
Learn more about the Tiered Rent policy:
Dates to be announced soon!