Combining Activities

Once you decide what you want to achieve, you may find that you need to implement multiple MTW activities to accomplish your goal. Part of the planning process is to think about how various parts of your program interrelate and identify the ‘ripple effects’ that may require a second or third activity.

Agencies often combine multiple MTW activities within broad categories such as:

  • Re-examination schedules
  • Definition of "income"
  • Leasing incentives
  • Local, non-traditional activities

Activities within those categories can be combined, or these activities can be combined with activities from other categories to create broader initiatives. The table below provides a few examples.

Goal/Initiative Activities Combined
Increase self-sufficiency and generate more consistent and predictable rental payments by separating subsidy from tenant payment calculation
  1. Subsidy calculation
  2. Tenant payment calculation
House homeless families and encourage move-on policies to serve larger numbers of families
  1. Term limits
  2. Wait list management (to allow shelter referrals)
  3. Subsidy calculation
Simplify income and rent calculations
  1. Reduced frequency of reexams
  2. Changed the definition of adjusted income (e.g., medical deductions)
Develop supportive housing
  1. Property acquisition
  2. Housing development
  3. Provision of social services

Real World Ideas for Using Waivers

Hear from three agencies about how they approached using and combining MTW Waivers.

Paul Vranicar shares an example of how the Atlanta Housing Authority used MTW flexibility to create special housing vouchers to address targeted homeless populations in the City of Atlanta.


Karen Kreutzberg shares an example of how Boulder Housing Partners combined waivers to support its rent reform activities.


Denise Pratt shares an example of how Keene Housing combined waivers to implement an innovative rent reform that allows the housing authority to determine what level of subsidy residents receive.


Keep reporting requirements in mind as you decide whether and how to combine MTW activities. When it makes sense to combine activities, your MTW agency may be able to reduce reporting burden. Implementing multiple discrete activities requires more reporting activity than fewer holistic activities with multiple elements.