Cityscape: The Moving to Work Retrospective Evaluation

Cityscape: The Moving to Work Retrospective Evaluation 2020

400 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2021 Last revised: 1 Sep 2021

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Michelle Matuga

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mark Shroder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 1, 2020

Abstract

This symposium includes seven articles about Moving to Work (MTW), a demonstration with 39 public housing agencies (PHAs) that gives participating agencies enormous flexibility to determine how to provide low-income housing assistance in pursuit of the demonstration’s three statutory objectives: (1) to improve cost effectiveness, (2) to promote self-sufficiency of assisted households, and (3) to increase housing choice for low-income families. Six articles report research conducted by Urban Institute and MDRC for a HUD-sponsored retrospective evaluation of MTW. Congress requested an assessment of the MTW demonstration as a whole, rather than studies of initiatives at individual agencies. This was difficult to achieve because MTW encourages participating agencies to exercise local decisionmaking—this means that averages across agencies of outcomes embody agencies’ divergent goals and circumstances, and thus likely hide more information than they reveal. Nevertheless, the six retrospective studies reported on in this symposium offer the first longitudinal analysis and the most comprehensive view to date of MTW agencies, MTW housing assistance, MTW activities, and the performance of MTW agencies in relation to statutory objectives. The essay on HUD’s Rent Reform Demonstration also included here explains MTW’s contribution to a major, groundbreaking study on rent setting in HUD programs.

Keywords: hud, cityscape, moving to work

Suggested Citation

Matuga, Michelle and Shroder, Mark D., Cityscape: The Moving to Work Retrospective Evaluation (November 1, 2020). Cityscape: The Moving to Work Retrospective Evaluation 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3895849

Michelle Matuga (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ( email )

United States

Mark D. Shroder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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