Move To Work

What is the Moving To Work
Demonstration Program?

Moving to Work (MTW) is a federal demonstration program that allows the HPHA the opportunity to design and test innovative, locally designated strategies that use Federal dollars more efficiently, help our residents find employment and to become more self-sufficient, and increase housing choices for low-income families. MTW also allows exemptions from many existing public housing and voucher rules and provides funding flexibilities with the use of Federal funds.
Current programs:

Tenant Caused Damages Reimbursement
  • A landlord may be reimbursed up to $3000 in excess of the security deposit for unit damages caused by a former HPHA Section 8 tenant.
Signing Bonus Payments
  • A landlord may receive up to one month’s rent for renting a dwelling unit to an HPHA Section 8 participant for the first time. This incentive applies to all new HAP contracts signed after March 16, 2023.
Vacancy Loss Payments
  • A landlord may receive up to one month’s rent for vacancies that occur:
  • Between rentals to HPHA Section 8 participants (unlimited);
  • When a landlord returns to the Section 8 program (available only once).

MTW Phase 1 Informational Meetings

August 23, 10:30 AM – Landlord Incentives
Or call-in: 1-253-215-8782

August 25, 10:30AM – Community Stakeholders
Or call-in: 1-346-248-7799

5:30 p.m., August 30, 2022 - Section 8 Participants
Meeting ID: 841 2036 3638 (Passcode: P0CrfP)
Or call-in: 1-669-444-9171 (Passcode: 223530)
(Same presentation and info that was shared at the Aug 25 meeting.)

5:30 p.m., September 7, 2022 - Public Housing Participants
Meeting ID: 874 2001 0685 (Passcode: MQW76j)
Or call-in: 1-253-215-8782 (Passcode: 020142)

If you require assistance to participate (e.g., large print, taped materials, interpreters for sign language or limited English proficiency), please make a request to the HPHA at least ten working days prior to the public hearing in order to allow time to make arrangements. Requests can be made by phone at (808) 832-4679,by email at, or by mail at 1002 N School Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.

HPHA's website

2021 MTW Application Process

MTW Resources

MTW Housing Plans