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

July 12, 2021

HUD PIH Updates CDC Eviction Moratorium FAQs for Public Housing and Vouchers

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted updates to its “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium FAQs for HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing.” A previous update was issued on May 26 (see Memo, 6/1). In the latest update, PIH offers minor changes to…

June 28, 2021

HUD PIH Extends Date for PHAs to Apply for Landlord-Incentive MTW Cohort

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2021-19 on June 17 extending until October 15 the deadline for public housing agencies (PHAs) to apply to participate in the Landlord-Incentive Cohort (i.e., Cohort #4) of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Expansion. PIH…