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Public meeting to be held Nov. 24 regarding voucher program

Agency seeks feedback regarding Housing Choice Voucher changes

Seattle Housing’s Housing Choice Voucher Program is seeking feedback from community stakeholders on certain initiatives that the Housing Choice Voucher program will be implementing in the first half of 2010.

The initiatives will make changes to policies regarding recertifications, inspections and asset income calculations.

The agency welcomes your comments at the public meeting or via mail, e-mail or phone.

Public Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Porchlight Community Room
907 NW Ballard Way, Suite 200

E-mail: HousingChoiceVoucherProgram@seattlehousing.org
Phone: (206) 239-1637
Mail: Seattle Housing Authority,
Attn: Jodell Speer
907 NW Ballard Way, Suite 200
Seattle WA 98107-4637

Seattle Housing participates in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development "Moving to Work" (MTW) Demonstration Program, which allows Seattle Housing to test innovative methods to improve housing services and to better meet local needs.

As a participant in MTW, Seattle Housing may propose and implement alternatives to certain federal regulations spelled out in our agreement with HUD. Fiscal year 2010 will be Seattle Housing’s twelfth year in MTW.

In creating the Moving to Work program, Congress listed three statutory objectives:

  • Reduce cost and achieve greater cost effectiveness in Federal expenditures,
  • Give incentives to families with children to obtain employment and become economically self-sufficient, and
  • Increase housing choices for low-income families.

Every year SHA adopts a plan that describes MTW activities to be implemented beginning in the following fiscal year. The Board of Commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2010 MTW plan in October 2009.