Congratulations to CLPHA members Fresno Housing and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) on joining Harvard University's Opportunity's Insights' (OI) next cohort of its Creating Moves to Opportunity (CMTO) project! OI will work directly with "CMTOx sites" Fresno Housing, HACP, and other PHAs to increase access to high-opportunity neighborhoods for families with HCVs.
This cohort follows the original CMTO demonstration conducted by Opportunity Insights Director Raj Chetty and his team of researchers. In April 2018, the Chetty team, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA,) and King County Housing Authority’s (KCHA) launched an experimental program that helps low-income families relocate from low-opportunity to high-opportunity areas in the Seattle area, a move that can greatly improve their children’s life outcomes. Through this groundbreaking work that has achieved national attention, SHA and KCHA are helping families move to high-opportunity areas in order to access better education, health, and economic opportunities for their children. At CLPHA's 2019 Housing Is Summit, OI Policy Outreach Director David Williams presented on his organization's work with SHA and KCHA and how the CMTO project is working to reduce racial disparities in mobility among low-income households.
CLPHA applauds Fresno Housing and HACP for joining this innovative project, and we look forward to seeing how they creatively expand mobility opportunities for their HCV families.