Moving to Work (MTW)

Moving to Work (MTW)

AMHA is applying to participate in the second cohort of the Moving to Work (MTW) Program Expansion. The second cohort is designed to evaluate different ways of calculating participants’ rent portions. If AMHA is chosen, the MTW Program will allow us to design and test new housing and self-sufficiency strategies to better serve our community. Applications are due to HUD on January 8, 2021, with selections being made in 2021-2022.


How can I hear more about MTW and AMHA’s plans?

Virtual AMHA Resident/Participant Meetings:

  1. Thursday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Public Hearing:

  1. Tuesday, December 1st at 3:00 p.m.

Please see the Letter to Participants for call in/zoom information.

You can review the resident/participant meeting presentation here.

You can also visit HUD’s MTW website for additional information at:

What is the MTW Program?

The MTW Program gives housing authorities the ability to modify their housing programs to better benefit their local community.

MTW has three objectives:

  1. Reduce cost
  2. Encourage self-sufficiency through job training, education programs, etc.
  3. Increase housing choices


What are housing agencies permitted to do under MTW?
Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that are chosen to participate in MTW are allowed to structure their housing programs to better benefit their local community. These PHAs have flexibility in combining their funding across multiple housing programs and in how they deliver services to their participants. 

MTW agencies must still follow all other federal rules and regulations, including the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights Act, labor standards, environmental rules, procurement guidelines, demolition and disposition procedures and relocation regulations. PHAs must also develop hardship policies and safeguards for unforeseen circumstances to support households in the MTW program.

What kinds of activities have MTW Agencies implemented?
MTW Agencies can only use MTW flexibility in pursuit of the three MTW objectives listed above. Some of the activities include streamlining HUD processes, redesigning HUD forms, inspection and rent reform, supportive services, developing mixed-income and tax credit properties, foreclosure prevention, mortgage assistance, and increasing the percentage of project-based vouchers.

If AMHA is selected, how will it affect my rent?
All eligible households will be randomly assigned to either a control group, with rent continuing to be calculated the way it is now (approximately 30% of gross household income), or a treatment group, to which the new rent policy will apply. The new rent policy groups households by income into tiers. Within each tier, all households will pay the same rent portion. Income reexaminations will occur every three years rather than every year. If a household’s income increases into a higher income tier, its rent will not change until the triennial income reexamination. Certain households, such as elderly and disabled households, will be excluded from participating in the new rent policy in accordance with HUD guidelines.

Will I have to work if AMHA joins the MTW Program?

There is not a work requirement in this cohort of the MTW Program.  AMHA will work to encourage self-sufficiency for our households through job training, education programs, etc., but employment will not be required as part of MTW.

Will I have to move?
No, you will not have to move from your current unit due to AMHA joining the MTW program.

How long will AMHA be an MTW agency?
MTW agencies complete a twenty-year contract. Once the MTW PHAs are selected, it will take approximately six to twelve months to prepare for the transition to MTW. Then, there will be a one-year enrollment period for eligible households and new admissions to be randomly assigned to the control group or treatment group.

Where can I view AMHA’s draft MTW plan and application?
Draft Plan and Application

How can I attend the public hearing for AMHA’s MTW plan and application?

Please join us for a virtual meeting to hear more about the MTW Program and AMHA’s plans. During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to provide comments and/or ask any questions that you have. The meeting will be held on Zoom. To access the meeting, please call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID and passcode OR download the Zoom application on your smart phone and enter the meeting ID and passcode.

Virtual Public Hearing:

Tuesday, December 1st at 3:00 p.m.
Meeting ID 996 1137 9157 and passcode 12012020

Alternatively, if you are unable or do not want to participate in the virtual meeting, you may also ask your questions or provide your comments by calling our MTW information line at (330) 825-6987 or email MTW@AkronHousing.Org.