We are 1 of 39 agencies participating in the federal demonstration program Moving To Work (MTW) that provides public housing authorities flexibility in designing and testing nontraditional policies and programs that better address the issues surrounding low-income housing in their local community.
The program also gives us the ability to combine federal operating subsidies for the public housing and voucher programs together with annual capital grant into one single fund, the MTW Block Grant. Operating in this deregulated framework has allowed us to meet the federal statutory objectives of the program:
Specific accomplishments of our MTW activities have included construction of additional units that are affordable, enhanced case management services, partnering with supportive housing providers to provide gap financing and housing subsidies, and implementing policies that simplify the administration of public housing.
We have branded our local effort Moving Forward, which reflects a combination of shared intent, forward movement and the image of housing that is affordable as a safety net and platform for rebuilding lives. Our current MTW Agreement will expire March 31, 2018. We are working with other participating housing authorities, HUD representatives and local congressional delegates for approval of an extension of the agreement.
• Provide opportunities for every able-bodied public housing resident and Housing Choice Voucher participant to work in order to reduce the number of households needing housing assistance
• Reduce the number of individuals who return to the waiting lists and increase the number of families transitioning to self-reliance
• Produce additional housing units that are affordable to address the need to serve the growing number of households presently in Charlotte and relocating to the area that cannot afford market rate housing.
• Create mixed-income developments that can benefit our residents and the Charlotte community.
• Provide resources to youth that will break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.