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

June 22, 2020

HUD PIH Summarizes Public Housing Tenant Protection Voucher Policies

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) created “Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPVs) for Public Housing Actions,” a summary of its current policies regarding Tenant Protection Vouchers (TBVs). The summary is not separately posted, but is only linked in another new PIH document, “Project-Based…

June 22, 2020

HUD PIH Posts FAQs on Project-Based Vouchers and Public Housing Repositioning

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted “Project-Based Vouchers: Frequently Asked Questions About PBVs and Public Housing Repositioning” to clarify existing requirements pertaining to project-basing Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) as a tool for repositioning public housing units. The…