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 3, 2021

HUD PIH Issues Notice Providing Public Housing Operating Fund Shortfall Funding

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH-2021-12, making a $25 million public housing Operating Fund set-aside available to public housing agencies (PHAs) experiencing a financial shortfall or at risk of a shortfall. The “2021 Appropriations Act” set aside the $25 million…

April 12, 2021

HUD’s PIH Posts Guidance on Using CARES Act Funds to Access Vaccinations

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted guidance for public housing agencies (PHAs) to assist them in supporting access to vaccines for residents and staff. Working with state and local health departments, PHAs can: Support PHA staff to get vaccinated, especially those who have…