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 smickelson@nlihc.org or 202.662.1530 x228.

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November 25, 2019

Representative Waters and Senator Harris Introduce Housing Infrastructure Bill

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced on November 21, the “Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2019” (H.R.5187) to invest more than $100 billion to improve housing infrastructure and create jobs. The bill would provide a one-…