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The Testing Performance Measures for the MTW Program is a landmark study built on the widely recognized MTW Innovations Study, which systematically cataloged over 300 innovations by MTW agencies and helped support the recent expansion of the MTW demonstration. The Testing Performance Measures for the MTW Program study is the first to empirically examine MTW performance across all agencies participating in the program.  It finds that while there is great variation among MTW agencies, the group as a whole is doing better than their peers on outcomes related to increasing housing choice, extending the life of their housing stock, providing supportive services, and serving targeted populations through nontraditional housing assistance. While some MTW agencies reported slightly lower performance outcomes in areas, these areas represent trade-offs between policy goals. Yet as a whole, the MTW agencies are meeting the requirements of the public housing program, even though they are not required to do so.  HAI Group commissioned Abt Associates to conduct this study, with guidance from the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), in collaboration with the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), the Public Housing Director’s Association (PHADA), the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and the MTW Steering Committee.

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