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, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Field Organizing, at [email protected] or 202.662.1530 x228.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

HUD PIH Posts HOTMA Fact Sheets Tailored to Residents

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted fact sheets tailored to public housing residents and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) households addressing new asset limits and income calculations, including income deductions for certain health, medical, and childcare costs. The changes…

HUD Announces Fifth Moving to Work Cohort PHAs

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) on March 29 named 14 small public housing agencies (PHAs) to participate in the fifth and final Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Expansion cohort, the “MTW Flexibility II Cohort.” The purpose of this cohort is to test the overall effects of any of…