PAHRC Participates in Congressional Briefing held by Housing Industry Partners in Regards to Testing Performance Measures in the Moving to Work (MTW) Program

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New findings from first comparative study of MTW performance measurement to be discussed on Capitol Hill

Today, Monday, April 30, 2018, the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) at HAI Group will participate in a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill beginning at 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168, ‘The Gold Room’. The briefing is being held to discuss the findings from Performance Measures in the MTW Program, a study providing the first ever attempt to quantify the impact of these efforts across MTW agencies and through a quasi-experimental design, compare them to outcomes for a similar set of peer agencies that are not part of the MTW program, but similar in service population, rental market, and size. MTW agencies will also discuss innovations at their agencies during the briefing.

The study, being the very first of its kind, was produced at the request of the MTW steering committee, the Council of Large Public Housing Agencies (CLPHA), the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and was conducted by Abt Associates.

“As a sponsor of this research, we have seen the housing industry rally together in joint support of the MTW program,” said HAI Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Ed Malaspina. “The industry is coming together because MTW is transforming housing by creating a culture of innovation that integrates with local housing strategies to improve life outcomes. This study provides insights and data-driven evidence for the benefits MTW programs deliver. It also proves that the MTW demonstration is an important tool for preserving public housing. To continue to achieve the desired benefits and desired outcomes of the MTW program we must recognize the need to protect the most important aspect, which is its flexibility.”

Findings from Performance Measures in the MTW Program describe the difficulties in measuring the overall impact of the MTW program and initial results. The study finds that while there is great variation among MTW agencies, the group as a whole is doing better than their peers on outcomes related to the statutory dimensions of the MTW program; increasing housing choice and improving self-sufficiency. On other dimensions of performance, MTW agencies are performing relatively similar to their peers. Finally, MTW agencies sometimes report slightly lower performance outcomes in areas that represent trade-offs between policy goals, but as a whole they meet the requirements of the public housing program, even though they are not required to do so.

To read the study in its entirety, please click here.

HAI Group has also developed The MTW Guide, another resource for agencies looking to seeking to apply to the MTW program, current MTW agencies looking to learn from their peers, or non-applicants hoping to implement applicable MTW best practices at their agencies. To download the Guide, click here.

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About The Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation
The Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) at HAI Group is HAI Group’s independent, non-profit research center dedicated to conducting research that promotes the national conversation about the importance of affordable housing. Through industry collaboration, data collection and independent research, PAHRC spotlights the impact, outcomes and value affordable housing brings to the families it serves and to the communities it supports. PAHRC also delivers data and tools that assist researchers, practitioners and advocates to build an evidence-based case for why affordable housing matters. For more information about HAI Group’s independent, non-profit research center, please visit

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