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

May 2, 2022

HUD PIH Announces Asset- and Credit-Building Moving to Work (MTW) Cohort

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted Notice PIH 2022-11 inviting public housing agencies (PHAs) to apply to a new Moving to Work Demonstration (MTW) cohort that will experiment with policies and practices that help residents build financial assets and/or build credit. For the…

March 14, 2022

HUD Posts Emergency Housing Voucher How-To Guide for Public Housing Agencies

HUD has published a new guidebook, Emergency Housing Vouchers: A How-To Guide for Public Housing Agencies. The guidebook provides public housing agencies (PHAs), Continuums of Care (CoCs), and Victim Services Providers (VSPs) with an overview of the operating requirements of the Emergency Housing…