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

November 21, 2022

Spanish Versions of RAD Resident Fact Sheets Are Now Available

HUD’s Office of Recapitalization (Recap) has posted Spanish versions of fifteen Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) fact sheets intended to help public housing residents better understand the RAD conversion process. The fact sheets cover residents’ rights before and after RAD conversion. English…

October 31, 2022

HUD to Hold “Get Ready for NSPIRE” Sessions

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) announced 14 “Get Ready” sessions regarding National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). NSPIRE is a new approach to defining and assessing housing quality among most HUD programs, particularly public housing and privately owned…

October 24, 2022

HUD Highlights Important Milestone in the Emergency Housing Voucher Program

HUD published a fact sheet on October 13 announcing that over 35,000 households have leased their own housing through the $5 billion Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program established by the “American Rescue Plan Act.” HUD announced that with the achievement of this milestone, 50% of the total…