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 or 202.662.1530 x228.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

August 26, 2019

HUD Seeks Housing-Provider Volunteers in REAC Pilot

HUD is seeking public housing agencies (PHAs) and owners of private HUD-assisted multifamily properties to volunteer for its Real Estate Inspection Center (REAC) pilot project. According to a Federal Register notice on August 21, over the course of two years HUD will inspect 4,500 properties…

May 28, 2019

HUD Secretary Carson Testifies at House Oversight Hearing

HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified on May 21 at a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing. Secretary Carson was pressed by lawmakers on HUD’s recent actions to roll back fair housing protections, cut housing benefits, eliminate programs, delay disaster recovery funds, and prohibit…