U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned witnesses on the success of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) pilot program during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and United States Models for Affordable Housing.”
“The success of affordable housing programs should be judged on outcomes and how they are helping Americans get back on their feet, not necessarily by the amount of taxpayer dollars spent. HUD has a program, Moving to Work, that fits the bill of a ‘success’ in this regards. In my district, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino oversaw an annual 24.6% reduction of unemployed household heads and a 52.4% average income jump for those participating in the MTW program. Mr. Gentry, you know the difficulties facing those seeking affordable housing in Southern California. What has the San Diego Housing Commission’s track record with MTW been? How does localized control of funding allocation, as is more commonplace in the United Kingdom, contribute to efficiency?” asked Rep. Royce.
“I think the Moving to Work program has been essential to what San Diego’s success has been. …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce