MTW Expansion Training

11. MTW Self-Sufficiency Program

The agency is authorized to operate any of its existing self-sufficiency and training programs, and any successor programs, exempt from certain HUD program requirements. The agency will ensure that these programs do not have a disparate impact on protected classes and will be operated in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity authorities, including but not limited to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. More specifically, under no circumstances will participants of such programs be required to participate in Self-Sufficiency Programs that are targeted to persons with disabilities in general, or persons with any specific disability. In addition, admission to any of the programs or priority for supportive services developed under this section will not be conditioned on a diagnosis or specific disability of a member of an applicant or participant family. This section is not intended to govern the designation of housing that is subject to section 7 of the 1937 Act. The agency must determine initial eligibility in accordance with 24 C.F.R. 5.609 and must comply with section 3(b)(2) of the Act.

Safe harbors marked with an asterisk (*) cannot be waived through either the Safe Harbor Waiver process or the Agency-Specific Waiver process.

Activity

11.a. Alternative Family Selection Procedures (PH & HCV)

The agency is authorized to develop its own recruitment and selection procedures for its MTW Self-Sufficiency Program(s). Alternatively, the agency may make participation in the MTW Self-Sufficiency Program mandatory for any household member that is non-elderly or non-disabled. Any supportive services provided in the Program must be offered to elderly and disabled household members that qualify for such services.

11.b. Policies for Addressing Increases in Family Income (PH & HCV)

The agency is authorized to set its own policies for addressing increases in family income during participation in the MTW Self-Sufficiency Program. Consistent with the goals and structure of its MTW Self-Sufficiency Program, the agency may set policies for whether income increases are recognized for purposes of increasing rent (consistent with the agency’s existing rent policy) or changing the amount of funds moved to escrow/savings through the program.

Statutes and Regulations Waived

MTW Self-Sufficiency Program (PH)

Certain provisions of section 3(a)(1), 6(l)(1), and 6(l)(5) of the 1937 Act 24 C.F.R. 5.609, 5.611, 5.628, 960.255, 960.253, 960.257, and 966.4(a)(2).

MTW Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV)

Certain provisions of sections 8(o)(2)(A)-(C) of the 1937 Act and 24 C.F.R. 5.609, 5.611, 5.628, 982.516, and 982.551.

Safe Harbor(s) - 11.a. and 11.b.

  1. The agency must not require MTW Self-Sufficiency Program participation as a condition for housing subsidy for elderly and disabled families.*
  2. If the agency requires MTW Self-Sufficiency Program participation as a condition for housing subsidy, an impact analysis must be developed and adopted in accordance with MTW guidance prior to the implementation of the activity.*
  3. If the agency requires MTW Self-Sufficiency Program participation as a condition for housing subsidy, a hardship policy must be developed and adopted in accordance with MTW guidance prior to the implementation of the activity.*
  4. The agency must not make MTW Self-Sufficiency Program participation mandatory for individuals that do not meet the definition of an eligible family at section 23(n)(3) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (1937 Act) and those exempted from the Community Service Requirement under section 12(c)(2)(A), (B), (D) and (E) of the 1937 Act.*
  5. If an agency terminates the housing subsidy or tenancy of a family for alleged violation of mandatory MTW Self-Sufficiency Program participation, the family will be entitled to a hearing under the agency’s Grievance Procedure (24 C.F.R. part 966, subpart B) or the HCV informal hearing process (24 C.F.R. part 982.555).*
  6. The agency must not use income increases during participation in the MTW Self-Sufficiency Program to change a family's eligibility status for purposes of participation in the MTW Self-Sufficiency Program or for the receipt public housing or HCV assistance.