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 39 housing authorities, out of over 4000 housing authorities nationwide that participate in the MTW program.

As an MTW agency, the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (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. Since that time, 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 not proposing any new activities in FY2019-20.  Due to the sucess of leveraging the MTW block grant to date, HACSM is proposing to increase the use of its budget to develop additional new low-income housing units and to expand the percentage of the budget allocated to project-based vouchers to low-income housing developers.

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

Below please find the proposed FY2019-20 MTW Annual Plan.  HACSM will be accepting written comments regarding this FY2019-20 MTW Annual Plan from January 24, 2019 thru February 26, 2019.  Please send your comments to:

Attn: Jennifer Rainwater, Planning & Program Innovation Manager
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM)
264 Harbor Blvd., Bldg. A
Belmont, CA  94002


The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) will hold a Public Hearing to receive public comment regarding the proposed FY2019-20 Moving-To-Work (MTW) Annual Plan:
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 10am
LOCATION: Department of Housing - 264 Harbor Blvd., Bldg. A - Belmont, CA  94002