The Other End/Far Side
of the Spectrum
Vancouver/Clark County, Washington
Diversified large agency consistently classified as a High Performer by HUD:
Cultural posture; early adopter of FSS, MTW; disposition of war worker housing prior to Hope 6.
Rapidly growing diversified economy with ample economic and social mobility with state mandated growth controls.
History of regional, bi-state and public-private cooperation.
Move To Work Demonstration Site
Block Grant of Capital & Operating Funds.
Merged Housing Voucher & Public Housing Budgets.
5 Years with 2 Years Extension.
Compulsory participation of all able households (seniors & disabled exempt) in self sufficiency.
Escrow Accounts for all MTW Participants.
Homeownership; child care, case management provided for successful outcomes.
S & P Strong Evaluation
(Reaffirmed in 2001)
Continued Strong Growth.
Management/Board Engagement in Strategic Planning, Thinking and Action.
Strong and Continuing Mixed Finance Track Record; Nearly 500 Units in 2000.
MTW Agreement Requires Modification.
Modeling/Predicting Portfolio Performance.
1. Block Grant LRPH/Section 8 Capital and Operating Funds.
2. Safe Harbor for S & P.
Strong Agencies, Provide Tangible Benefits to Diversified Well Managed LHAs.
3. Promote/Incentivize Regional Cooperation with Alternate Structures including ~ but not limited to ~ Corporate Consolidation.
Alternatives, Short of Consolidation that
Keeps Local Values, Policy Priorities
Joint Operating Agreements
Strategic Mutual Management
Divestiture of Certain Product Lines.
There Needs to be a Reason; a Quantifiable
Benefit to Rationalizing the Delivering of
Labor contracts in states with strong public employee unions
Perceived loss of security; asset quality or fiscal control need to be overcome.
4. Lift Regulatory Burden/Provide Relief for Small Agencies:
5 Year Plan, Not Annual
Less Management Oversight
Resident Satisfaction Every 2 ~ 5 Years
Maintain Fiscal Control
Senior Income Reexams Every 2~5 Years
Expand MTW to 100 Local Agencies.
5. Enable Major New Production:
Capital Subsidy/Deferred Loan, not operating
Examine something other than the current orthodoxy on Capitol Hill; eschew State Formula Distribution
Seductively simple, but undercuts local investment and outcomes
Absolves locals of responsibilities
States should pay to play.
Bond Guarantee Fund for LHAs
Ensure Mixed Use Capabilities
6. MTW Refinements and Expansion.
7. Hope 6 Reauthorization Link to Smart Growth.
8. Support Creative Ventures Such as the NAHRO Access Alliance.