Overview of MTW Flexibilities
To achieve the three statutory objectives, the MTW demonstration program provides MTW agencies with two types of tools to better address local housing needs:
- Exemptions from many existing public housing and HCV rules. These exemptions are made available through waivers that allow MTW agencies to operate more flexibly by permitting certain exemptions from existing public housing and HCV program requirements. These waivers allow MTW agencies to implement activities that otherwise would not be allowable. MTW agencies may combine activities in order to create more comprehensive initiatives. The types of waivers and activities available are described in the Types of Waivers and Their Requirements section.
- The ability to use certain funding streams flexibly – specifically public housing Operating Funds, public housing Capital Funds, and HCV, including both Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) and Administrative Fees. These funding streams are referred to collectively as “MTW Funding,” as described in the Understanding and Using Funding Flexibilities section of this training (coming soon).