Moving to Work Expansion -Updated October 29, 2020

What is Moving to Work (MtW) Designation?

HRHA has been selected to participate in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) cohort #1 of the Moving to Work expansion. Participation in the MtW expansion allows HRHA to develop local policies to meet MtW objectives, as well as flexibility on some spending. 

What Moving to Work Designation IS:

  • Opportunities for HRHA and HUD to design and test approaches for providing and administering housing assistance.
  • Opportunities to hear directly from residents and participants about what barriers exist within existing housing policies and requirements. MtW provides flexibility on spending and policy-making to make changes to better expand housing choice and participant self-sufficiency.

What Moving to Work Designation is NOT: 

  • MTW does not mean less oversight and transparency. MtW agencies remain subject to the full range of HUD monitoring, oversight, and evaluation efforts. Public comment, input from residents and participants, and community collaboration is requested throughout the process.
    HRHA adopts local policies and program changes –> HUD evaluates the overall impacts of the changes.
  • MTW does not include program-wide employment requirements! While we will aim to increase opportunities for resident and participant self-sufficiency we are NOT pursuing program-wide employment requirements.
  • MTW does not mean cutting the number of households we serve. MTW requirements include continuing to assist substantially the same total number of families

HRHA is making big changes to our programs and we need your input!

For the Public

The MtW plan will be available for pubic comment October 16, 2020 through November 16, 2020. The MtW plan will be posted online, on our Facebook page, and available for pick up at the HRHA Main Office during business hours (286 Kelley St., Harrisonburg).

Call in to provide comment on the MtW plan at the October 21 Public Hearing:

October 21 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at City Chambers (409 South Main St, Harrisonburg)
In person: Please be masked and adhere to posted guidelines.
Call In: 1 – 800 – 719 – 6100 – Access Code: 127 2645
For interpretation services, accessibility questions, or to watch live see: https://www.harrisonburgva.gov/agendas

Email your comments about the MtW plan directly to our Executive Director Michael Wong or our HCV Manager Liz Webb

Michael Wong: wongway@harrisonburgrha.com

Liz Webb: liz@harrisonburgrha.com

For Residents & Participants

Opportunities to Provide Feedback & Help Shape Policy (Phase 2):

For All:

Attend or call in to the HRHA MtW Pubic Hearing

⇒ October 21 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at City Chambers (409 South Main St, Harrisonburg)
In Person: Please be masked and adhere to posted guidelines.
To Call In: 1 – 800 – 719 – 6100 – Access Code: 127 2645
For interpretation services, accessibility questions, or to watch live see: https://www.harrisonburgva.gov/agendas

For Housing Choice Voucher Participants: 

Call in and talk with an HCV Specialist to provide feedback on the plan.

October 29 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Call Number: 1 – 800 – 719 – 6100 – Access Code: 127 2645

If you need assistance calling in or would like to learn more about MtW opportunities, please contact the main office at 540 434 7386 or contact us through the website

For Franklin Heights Residents: 

Attend the Reservoir Halloween Event (NEW DATE & TIME)

⇒ October 30 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at 143 Reservoir St (Drop-in)

We will be explaining plan details and gathering your feedback about the plan. Halloween gift bags will be available for kids and there will be refreshments for adults! Please wear a mask. Event will be held in the basement of 143 Reservoir Office. Drop in anytime between 3pm and 5pm!

Call 540 – 437 – 9545 with any questions.

For all Residents & Participants:

Participate in a small focus group to provide feedback on each element of the plan.

⇒ November 5 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Contact Michael Wong at 540 434 7386 or Everett Brubaker at 540 437 9596 to participate in the Focus Group. 

Additional Information

MtW Objectives 

Cost Effectiveness: Improve efficiency, reduce costs, leverage other funds, changes in staffing & resources
Self Sufficiency: Incentivize employment and self sufficiency for voucher households
Housing Choice: Increase mobility and access to address housing quality, neighborhood safety, access to community resources, and supportive services

* Objectives set by statute

MtW Case Studies 

Click here to be taken to HUD’s website to see what other Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) have done with the MTW flexibility.

MtW Slide Show – Application Overview 

MtW Fall 2020 Timeline 

  • January 2, 2019

    HRHA submits "letter of interest" to HUD

  • August 28, 2020

    HRHA receives invitation from HUD to submit full application

    August 28, 2020

  • September 16, 2020

    Resident & Participant Meeting, 4PM

    Call in to learn more about the MtW Plan and Process

    Phone: 1 – 929 – 205 – 6099 (Meeting ID: 856 8954 0424) 

  • Resident & Participant Phase 1 Survey

    Survey Closed

    Resident & Participant Phase 1 Survey

  • September 30, 2020

    Resident & Participant Meeting, 4PM

    Call in to learn more about the MtW plan and process

    Call Number: 1 – 800 – 719 – 6100

    Access Code: 127 2645

  • October 16, 2020

    October 16, 2020

  • October 21, 2020 4:00pm

    Public Comment at HRHA Public Hearing

    Location: City Chambers
    Details at: https://www.harrisonburgva.gov/agendas

  • October 29, 2020 6:00pm

    Resident & Particpant Comment Meeting,

    Call in to share your thoughts and comments on the draft MtW plan. 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Call Number: 1 – 800 – 719 – 6100

    Access Code: 127 2645

    October 29, 2020 6:00pm

  • October 30, 2020 3:00pm

    Franklin Heights Halloween Event

    Halloween Event at the Reservoir St Office (143 Reservoir) for residents of Franklin Heights.

    Opportunity to look at and provide comment to the MtW proposed plan.

    Halloween treats for children. Walk through event, no congregating indoors. Masks (the medical kind) and distancing required.

    3:00pm to 5:00pm

  • November 5, 2020

    Resident & Participant MtW Focus Group

    Contact Michael Wong at 540 434 7386 to sign up to participate.

    November 5, 2020

  • November 16, 2020

    Public comment period ends

  • November 18, 2020

    HRHA Board of Commissioners approve plan by resolution

    November 18, 2020

  • December 4, 2020

    MtW application is sent to HUD