H.R. 5793 creates demonstration project in which the administration of housing choice vouchers (HCV) would be designed to encourage movement to lower-poverty areas with expanded employment opportunities. To ensure the demonstration has the greatest impact, H.R. 5793 would require the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to award demonstration program funds on a competitive basis and prioritize regional collaborations among Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that have high concentrations of voucher holders in low-opportunity neighborhoods, a high-performing Family Self Sufficiency program, or a strong regional collaboration including one or more small housing agencies, among other factors. H.R. 5793 would also require that five years after implementation of the demonstration program, the legislation requires the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to submit a report that evaluates the effectiveness of the program.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 10, 2018.
Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018
(Sec. 2) This bill authorizes the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement a mobility demonstration program to enable public housing agencies (PHAs) to administer housing-choice rental-assistance vouchers in a manner designed to: (1) encourage low-income families receiving such assistance to move to lower-poverty areas, and (2) expand access to opportunity areas.
HUD shall require PHAs applying to participate in the program to submit a specified Regional Housing Mobility Plan.