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The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is one of only 39 public housing authorities nationwide, out of 3,400, to receive a Moving to Work (MTW) designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As an MTW agency, SDHC designs innovative, cost-effective ways of providing housing assistance to low-income families, using a combination of federal funding allocated to SDHC for public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 rental assistance.
The MTW designation allows SDHC to implement a variety of new approaches to provide housing assistance in the City of San Diego—the eighth largest city in the nation, second in California.
SDHC provides federal HCV rental assistance to approximately 14,400 low-income households in the City of San Diego.
The three statutory objectives of MTW are:
Effective January 1, 2015, SDHC will schedule Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections once every two years (biennial) for most rental units. Families residing in units receiving rental assistance through a Project-Based Housing Voucher will continue to receive HQS inspections annually.
Effective July 2015, households in which all adult family members are 55 or older, disabled, or a full-time student ages 18 to 23 will receive full reexaminations of income and household composition once every two years. Cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security and Veterans benefits will be applied only at the full reexamination.
This policy does not affect tenants who reside in units receiving rental assistance through a Project-Based Housing Voucher, or households in the Family Unification Program, who will remain on an annual reexamination cycle.
MTW Plans and Reports are prepared and submitted to HUD on an annual basis. The plans describe initiatives to be implemented over the next fiscal year; the reports give an accounting of activities put into action over the previous fiscal year.
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