Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Housing



April 1, 2010


April 13, 2010


Public Hearing





Honorable Board of Supervisors (Sitting as the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority)


Duane Bay, Director, Department of Housing
William Lowell, Executive Director, Housing Authority


Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo 2010-2011 Moving to Work (MTW) Annual Plan



Adopt resolution No. 2010-02:

1. Approving the Housing Authority’s 2010-2011 Moving to Work (MTW) Annual Plan; and

2. Authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing and the Executive Director of the Housing Authority, to execute any documents required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to certify the Plan



Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program that offers participating housing authorities the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally designed housing and self-sufficiency strategies for low-income families by allowing exemptions from certain housing regulations. Over the past few years, the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) has implemented administrative simplifications and rent calculation reform under the MTW program. As a result of these activities, participants have been able to locate rental housing more easily and quickly. Prior to the initiatives, it took approximately four to five months for HACSM to process a family from the waiting list; currently, the average processing time is one to two months.

HACSM is one of approximately 33 housing agencies nationwide that participates in this program.

As part of its participation in MTW, HUD requires housing authorities to submit an MTW Annual Plan by April 15 of each year. The MTW Annual Plan process requires obtaining input from the public and approval from the Board of Commissioners and HUD.

The proposed MTW Annual Plan includes information related to existing and proposed initiatives.



The 2010-2011 MTW Annual Plan covers the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. The MTW Annual Plan was completed in accordance with all HUD regulations and requirements, including that it be reviewed by the Resident Advisory Board (meeting was held on February 22, 2010) and that all documents be made available to the public for review for a prescribed period of time prior to adoption by the governing board. A public hearing was advertised in local newspapers and held on February 25, 2010, to receive additional comments. The proposed MTW Annual Plan was posted on the internet for 45 days before the public hearing was held. Public comments were received and incorporated into the MTW Annual Plan. Initiatives within the MTW Annual Plan were shared with the Board’s Housing, Health, and Human Services (HHH) Committee on December 8, 2009 and with HUD-MTW staff (from San Francisco and Washington DC) on February 3, 2010.

The 2010-2011 MTW Annual Plan includes the following proposed initiatives:

1. Institute a biennial inspection schedule for units under contract
2.. Expand the Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program
3. Revise program eligibility standards in relation to total asset limits
4. Eliminate 100% excluded income from the income calculation process
5. Eliminate the requirement to complete a new contract with owners related to any
changes of utility responsibility
6. Apply current payment standards at interim reexaminations

The MTW Annual Plan is consistent with the County’s Consolidated Plan as required for certification to HUD.

County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.


Approval of this Resolution contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Livable Community by enabling HACSM to provide housing subsidy to low and very low income households while reducing its administrative burden by modifying stringent rules and regulations.



There is no Net County Cost associated with this action. All funds required to operate the program are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.