The Rockford Housing Authority has an opportunity to apply for Moving to Work, a special designation from HUD. This designation will provide greater flexibility in the way we deliver housing and family support services, leading to more and better housing opportunities for low-income persons and families in our community. The Moving to Work Demonstration, or MTW, seeks to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help residents find employment, become self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families. MTW allows housing authorities exemptions from many existing public housing and voucher rules and provides funding flexibility with their Federal Funds.
The Rockford Housing Authority is specifically interested in expanding the effective use of Housing Choice Vouchers in the region and providing family support services to more residents in need. We think there are opportunities to attract more quality landlords into the program, resulting in more quality housing units in more diverse locations that can meet the needs of many more eligible families. Moving to Work could provide us with the regulatory flexibility to make Rockford’s programs work much better.
The Rockford Housing Authority has drafted a Moving to Work Plan and has made it available for public review and comment. We encourage you to join one of our two Public Meetings below, to bring forward any questions or comments on the proposed Moving to Work Plan.