Public Hearing: Housing Catalyst Moving to Work (MTW) Plan and Application Package

Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (MST)

A public hearing for Moving to Work (MTW) Plan and Application Packet for Housing Catalyst will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (MST). This meeting will be held virtually, and participants may access the meeting using the following link and information:

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To request a copy of the Moving to Work (MTW) Draft Application Package, please contact Rachel Gaisford at rgaisford@housingcatalyst.com.

Intent to Participate in the Moving to Work Demonstration Program

Housing Catalyst is applying to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program.

About the MTW Program:

This is a HUD program that allows housing agencies to design and test strategies to reduce costs; promote self-sufficiency; and increase housing choices for low-income families.

If selected, Housing Catalyst will be part of the Landlord Incentives Cohort 4 which is testing ways to increase property owner participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Virtual Meeting Presentations

Housing Catalyst hosted two virtual meetings with voucher program participants and others to help us develop our proposal to HUD. Those meetings were held on May 4th and May 6th. The link to the PowerPoint presentation is posted here: Presentation Link

If you couldn’t join a virtual meeting, you can provide comments, recommendations, and questions regarding ideas to increase property owner participation. Please email Garrett at gdickson@housingcatalyst.com. Or call us at 970-416-2910.

Incentives to Increase Property Owner Participation

We want your feedback on which of the initiatives below would encourage property owners to provide housing to voucher holders. We are evaluating the following initiatives:

  1. Increasing the Fair Market Rent up to 150%.
  2. Paying a landlord up to one month of contract rent as reimbursement for time the unit is vacant between voucher participants.
  3. Paying a landlord reimbursement for tenant-caused damages after accounting for any security deposit.
  4. Providing incentive payments of up to one month of contract rent to incentivize landlords to join the voucher program.
  5. Allowing units to be pre-inspected for Housing Quality Standard (HQS) approval.
  6. Implementing an alternative schedule for conducting HQS inspections (i.e. not annually).

Please complete this Doodle Poll to let us know which initiatives you feel would be most beneficial. We welcome you to share any thoughts about these initiatives as well as any other ideas you may have. We greatly appreciate your feedback.