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 Mickelson, Senior Director of Policy, at [email protected] or 202.662.1530 x228.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

October 13, 2020

HUD PIH Posts Sixth Update of COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies

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October 5, 2020

HUD Publishes Final Section 3 Rule

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September 28, 2020

HUD Publishes Proposed Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Rule Changes

HUD published proposed changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) regulations in the Federal Register on September 21. The proposed changes primarily implement statutory changes required by “The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” (“Economic Growth Act”) signed into…