Public housing is housing stock that is owned by the government; federal public housing is owned by HUD and administered by local public housing agencies (PHAs). 

Additional public housing has not been built in decades. Advocates are thus focused primarily on preserving the public housing stock that remains. Issues facing today’s public housing include: generally well-run public housing agencies facing significant federal funding shortfalls; policies like demolition, disposition and the HOPE VI program that have resulted in the nationwide loss of public housing units; and calls for deregulation of public housing, through the expansion of the Moving to Work demonstration program and other efforts, that come at the expense of affordability, deep income targeting, resident participation, and programmatic accountability.

For more information on public housing, contact Sarah Saadian, Vice President of Public Policy, at [email protected] or 202.662.1530 x228.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

June 7, 2021

HUD PIH Updates Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) updated its “Eviction Prevention and Stability Toolkit” on June 2. The 10-part toolkit has been updated (see Memo, 7/13/20) with new information and reflects the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. PIH indicates that the…

June 1, 2021

HUD PIH Updates CDC Eviction Moratorium FAQs

HUD posted updates on May 26 to its “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium FAQs for HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH).” The previous update was issued on February 5. In the recent update, PIH included changes to nine of the Frequently Asked Questions (…

June 1, 2021

HUD PIH Withdraws MTW Work Requirement Cohort

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) sent an email to stakeholders on May 21 stating that PIH was rescinding Notice PIH 2021-02, the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration expansion selection Notice that sought applications for Cohort 3, the Work Requirements Cohort (see Memo, 1/25 and NLIHC…