On June 12, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH), members of the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.R. 4868, a bill to expand by ten the number of public housing agencies (PHAs) that may participate in HUD’s Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration. There are currently 39 PHAs in the MTW demonstration. To be eligible for one of the proposed new MTW slots, a PHA must administer a combined total of more than 10,000 public housing units and housing vouchers. The ten new agencies would be required to submit data specified by HUD “to ensure that the effects of policy changes in the demonstration programs carried out by such agencies can be measured.”
Because MTW allows broad diversion from public housing and voucher requirements, NLIHC opposes expansion of the MTW program. As a “demonstration,” the program has produced no replicable models because of the lack of both baseline data for PHAs’ experiments and ongoing datasets. In the absence of empirical evidence that experiments undertaken by MTW PHAs are effective, NLIHC remains concerned about potential adverse effects for residents and to the physical and financial health of participating PHAs.
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
The bill is at: http://bit.ly/1kEMXLb