Moving to Work Expansion – (Page Updated Regularly)

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

For Residents & Participants

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

Opportunities to Learn More and Contribute (Phase 1):

Call in to a Resident & Participant Meeting

September 16 at 4:00 PM 

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

September 30th at 4:00 PM

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

Complete the Phase 1 Survey to help us build the MtW Plan

Paper surveys can also be picked up at the HRHA Main Office or the 143 Reservoir Office anytime during business hours.

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

For Franklin Heights Residents: 

Attend the Reservoir Halloween Event.

October 29 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm 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 outside if possible. Further details to come.

Call 540 – 437 – 9545 with any questions.

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 all Residents & Particpants:

Complete the Phase 2 Survey to help shape the MtW Plan

Phase 2 Survey in Development. Paper surveys can also be picked up at the HRHA Main Office or the 143 Reservoir Office anytime during business hours when available. 

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).

Attend or call in to provide comment on the MtW plan at the October 21 Board of Commissioners meeting:

October 21 at 4:00 PM at 286 Kelley St, Harrisonburg.

Call in number to provide comment: 1 – 800 – 719 – 6100 – Access Code: 127 2645

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

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 Live

    Resident & Participant Phase 1 Survey Live

  • 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

    Draft MtW plan available for 30-day public comment

    October 16, 2020

  • October 16, 2020

    Phase 2 Survey

    Phase 2 Survey in Development – Released October 16 2020

  • October 21, 2020 4:00pm

    Public Comment at HRHA Board of Commissioners Meeting

    October 21, 2020 4:00pm

  • October 29, 2020 4:00pm

    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, refreshments for adults. Outside weather permitting. Masks (the medical kind) and distancing required.

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

  • 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

  • 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