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 25, 2021

HUD PIH Posts Updated Demolition/Disposition Notice

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) posted Notice PIH 2021-07 about Section 18 public housing demolition and disposition. The notice posted on the last day of the Trump administration updates Notice PIH 2018-04. The primary change is to the so-called “RAD/Section 18 Construction Blend…

January 19, 2021

HUD Offices of Multifamily and Public and Indian Housing Post Updated FAQs

HUD’s Offices of Multifamily Housing Programs (Multifamily) and Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently posted updated coronavirus-related guidance. Specifically, PIH posted an update to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

January 19, 2021

HUD Publishes National Physical Inspection Standards

HUD published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on January 13 that presents a new approach to defining and assessing housing quality among HUD programs, calling the approach the “National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate” (NSPIRE). The intent of the proposed rule, along…

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/…