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

January 11, 2021

PIH Informs Public Housing Agency Directors of Extended CDC Eviction Moratorium

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) sent an email to all public housing agency (PHA) directors alerting them to the temporary extension to January 31, 2021 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order banning evictions for nonpayment of rent (see Memo, 9/8/20 and 10/13/…

January 11, 2021

PIH Assistant Secretary Hunter Kurtz Resigns

Hunter Kurtz, HUD’s assistant secretary for Public and Indian Housing (PIH), sent an email to public housing agency (PHA) executive directors on January 7 announcing his resignation at the close of business that day. Prior to being confirmed as assistant secretary by the Senate in June 2019,…

December 7, 2020

HUD PIH Issues New and Updated Public Housing and Voucher Waivers

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2020-33 on November 30, providing five new waivers of law or regulations. The notice also restated waivers and alternative requirements from the previous Notice PIH 2020-13 (see Memo, 7/13), extending the period of availability for…

December 7, 2020

HUD PIH Publishes Guidance about Accessible Remote Hearings and Briefings

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2020-32 providing best practices for public housing agencies (PHAs) to determine whether barriers exist for persons with disabilities or persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) when hearings or briefings need to be conducted…