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 Mickelson, Senior Director of Policy, at or 202.662.1530 x228.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

May 20, 2019

NLIHC Offers Sample Comment Letter on HUD’s Proposed Section 3 Rule

NLIHC has prepared a sample comment letter about HUD’s proposed Section 3 rule that organizations can adapt to their priorities. NLIHC urges residents and advocates to submit comments before the June 3 deadline. The sample letter provides more than you may want to include in your own letter; just…

April 22, 2019

NLIHC Modifies Preliminary Summary of HUD’s Proposed Section 3 Rule

HUD published the long-awaited update to the 1994 interim Section 3 rule on April 4 (see Memo, 4/8). NLIHC prepared a comprehensive preliminary summary and initial analysis of those proposed changes (see Memo, 4/15). NLIHC has modified its comprehensive summary and has prepared a separate summary…