MTW Agencies

The Moving to Work (MTW) program provides public housing authorities (PHAs) exemptions from many traditional public housing and voucher rules and provides flexibility for how they use their federal funds. This allows MTW housing authorities the opportunity to design and test innovative, local strategies to improve outcomes for their residents and local communities. 

There are currently 39 housing authorities with Moving to Work status. Each has an agency-specific MTW agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), detailing the flexibilities granted in order to meet program goals.

MTW agencies have the flexibility to find new approaches that accomplish three primary statutory goals:

  • Reducing cost and achieving greater cost effectiveness in federal expenditures;

  • Giving incentives to families with children where the head of household is working, is seeking work, or is preparing for work by participating in job training, educational programs, or programs that assist people to obtain employment and become economically self-sufficient; and

  • Increasing housing choices for low-income families.

All existing agencies have had their MTW agreements extended through the end of 2028. Each year, the housing authority completes an annual plan, to be approved by HUD, and an annual report on the outcomes achieved. Congress authorized the expansion of the MTW program to 100 additional agencies in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act. HUD anticipates the first cohort of new agencies will be added in 2019.


List of Current MTW Agencies

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

Housing Authority

Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Housing Partners

Cambridge Housing Authority

Housing Authority of Champaign County

Charlotte Housing Authority

Chicago Housing Authority

Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia

Delaware State Housing Authority

District of Columbia Housing Authority

Fairfax County and Redevelopment Authority

Holyoke Housing Authority


King County Housing Authority

Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

Lexington Housing Authority

Lincoln Housing Authority

Louisville Metro Housing Authority

Massachusetts Dept of Housing and Community Development

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Elm City Communities (New Haven)

Oakland Housing Authority

Orlando Housing Authority

Philadelphia Housing Authority

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

Home Forward (Portland)

Housing Authority of the City of Reno

San Antonio Housing Authority

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

San Diego Housing Commission

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (including City of San Jose)

Seattle Housing Authority

Tacoma Housing Authority

Housing Authority of Tulare County

Vancouver Housing Authority


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