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

May 30, 2023

Richard J. Monocchio Sworn In as PIH Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

HUD announced on May 22 the swearing in of Richard J. Monocchio as the principal deputy assistant secretary of the agency’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH). In a separate announcement, PIH General Deputy Assistant Secretary Dominque Blom welcomed Mr. Monocchio, remarking that he “brings…

May 22, 2023

NLIHC Summarizes Key Provisions of the Final NSPIRE Rule

NLIHC has prepared “Summary of Key Provisions of the Final National Standards for Physical Inspection (NSPIRE) Regulations.” Last week’s Memo (5/15) linked to an analysis of NLIHC’s comment letter regarding the proposed NSPIRE rule compared to the text of the final rule and HUD’s weak or non-…

May 15, 2023

HUD Publishes Final NSPIRE Rule

HUD published the final rule implementing the National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) in the Federal Register on May 11. A proposed rule was published on January 13, 2021 (see Memo, 1/19/21), for which NLIHC submitted comments (see Memo, 3/22/21). NSPIRE seeks to…