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.

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Memo to Members and Partners Articles

October 18, 2021

NLIHC Signs Letter Urging HUD Programs to Address Radon Contamination

NLIHC signed on to a letter urging HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge to expedite a HUD-wide policy to ensure that all HUD housing programs test for and mitigate radon contamination. Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive substance that that can accumulate in buildings where it can damage human DNA and…

October 4, 2021

Representative Omar and Senator Merkley Introduce Affordable HOME Act

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced on September 24 the “Affordable Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Act,” which would address the nation’s housing crisis by providing significant funding for the construction of affordable housing. If enacted, the…

October 4, 2021

HUD Extends NSPIRE Physical Inspection Pilot to 2023

HUD published a Federal Register notice on September 28 announcing the extension of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols (NSPIRE) to April 30, 2023. HUD sought public housing agencies (PHAs) and owners of private HUD-assisted multifamily…