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.

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Memo to Members and Partners Articles

September 13, 2021

Representative Barbara Lee Introduces Renters’ Bill of Rights

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced on September 7 the “Renters’ Bill of Rights” resolution, legislation affirming the rights of all renters to safe, affordable, and decent homes. The resolution calls for bold action by Congress and HUD, including the HoUSed campaign’s top policy…

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HUD Posts RAD Complaint Process for Residents

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