Moving-to-Work (MTW) is a demonstration program that allows housing authorities to design and test innovative approaches in assisted housing. The MTW program is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As of 2010, there were only 33 housing authorities, out of over 4000 housing authorities nationwide that participate in the MTW program.


As an MTW agency, HACSM is pleased to be one of 39 agencies nationwide granted the permission, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to design and test innovative program initiatives that more closely address the needs of families in San Mateo County.

In May 2000, HACSM started participation as a small MTW demonstration program. In July 2008, the MTW demonstration program was expanded to all Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. HACSM has developed many activities to increase housing choice for low income families, streamlined administrative processes resulting in increased efficiencies and cost savings, and created a program that is more transparent, easy to understand, and more equitable for all assisted families.  HACSM is proposing one new activity in FY2019, to assist young adults, age 18-25 who are literally homeless and disabled, with up to five years of time-limited housing assistance and complementary supportive services provided by the San Mateo County Mental Health Association.

Following is a brief list of some of the other activities which HACSM has implemented since July 2000:

  • Triennial Recertification Schedule for Elderly/Disabled households
  • Tiered Subsidy Schedule
  • Affordable Housing Fund
  • Standard pro-ration for Mixed Families
  • Biennial HQS Inspections
  • Housing Readiness Program