Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

What is the Moving To Work Program?

Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program that allows Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to design and trial locally focused housing and self-sustainability initiatives that increase housing choice for low-income households.

According to HUD, the Moving to Work demonstration has three statutory objectives:

  • Reduce cost and achieve greater costs effectiveness in Federal expenditures;
  • Give 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
  • Increase housing choices for low-income families.

PHAs participating in the MTW program are exempt from may existing public housing and housing choice voucher rules though are still required to abide by protective laws established in the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, and labor and environmental standards.