The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday announced the Tacoma Housing Authority has been selected to participate in an exclusive federal program seeking to innovate housing strategies for low-income families.
The “Moving to Work” program allows chosen housing agencies “to design and test innovative housing strategies that assist lower income families living in public housing or who are assisted through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program,” according to HUD.
Only about 30 of the nation’s 3,200 public housing agencies had been chosen to participate in the program, THA executive director Michael Mirra said. THA, as well as agencies in Champaign County, Illinois and Orlando, Florida, are the latest applicants to be selected for the program.
The selection “denotes HUD’s confidence in a housing authority’s capabilities and an expectation for innovation,” Mirra wrote in a recent email. “(Moving to Work) status gives a housing authority more regulatory flexibility that allows for innovation beyond the normal rules.”