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 Elayne Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst, at or 202.662.1530 x243.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

March 4, 2019

HUD Posts Slides from REAC Listening Session in Philadelphia

As reported in last week’s Memo, HUD held the first of five listening sessions to obtain input from the public and HUD stakeholders about a planned pilot program to test innovative approaches to inspecting public housing and HUD-assisted multifamily housing. NLIHC did not attend the February 21…

February 25, 2019

HUD Shortens REAC Inspection Notification Period, Announces Listening Sessions

HUD announced in a media release on February 20 a new Notice to reduce to 14 calendar days (from 120 days) the advance notification inspectors will give before conducting physical inspections of public housing and private HUD-assisted multifamily housing. The intent is to reduce the lead time…

February 19, 2019

HUD Seeks Input Before Implementing Small PHA Amendments

HUD published a notice in the Federal Register on February 14 asking for stakeholder input before implementing amendments to the United States Housing Act of 1937 that primarily pertain to small public housing agencies (PHAs) predominantly operating in a rural area. Another amendment requires HUD…

February 4, 2019

HUD and New York City Reach Agreement on NYC Housing Authority

HUD Secretary Ben Carson and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on January 31 that they reached an agreement on how to address problems related to health, safety, and agency operations at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The agreement avoids HUD having to place NYCHA into…