Late yesterday, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published Notice PIH 2018-17, offering eligible PHAs the opportunity to apply for admission to the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration under the first cohort of the recent expansion, and providing the two-step application process to do so. HUD republished in the Federal Register the operations notice on the MTW expansion yesterday. While the operations notice does cover the implementation and continued operations of MTW agencies selected through the expansion, it does not include the application instructions. Notice PIH 2018-17, however, lays out those instructions in detail:
- In the first step of the two-part application process, interested PHAs that meet the eligibility criteria in Section 4(b) of the notice will submit a letter of interest package and HUD will conduct an eligibility review. Regional lotteries will then be held to determine which PHAs will be invited to apply, which PHAs will be placed on a waitlist, and which PHAs will not receive an MTW designation or continue to the next step in the process.
- In the second step, regional lottery selectees will be invited to submit a full MTW plan and application requesting an MTW designation. Waitlisted PHAs may be invited to apply to replace a selected PHA that withdraws or does not sufficiently complete its application. After sufficient completion of the requirements, lottery selectees will then be offered an MTW designation in the first cohort of the expansion.
Notice PIH 2018-17 also covers important elements of the program structure and evaluative components of the expansion, the general framework and selection process, information on submitting a letter of interest package, and information on submitting an MTW plan and application. Applications for other cohorts of the MTW expansion will be requested through future selection notices.