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 23, 2022

HUD Publishes Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program Final Rule

HUD published a final rule on May 17 to implement changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program made by the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” (“Economic Growth Act”) signed into law on May 24, 2018. The changes include permanently expanding the definition of…

May 16, 2022

HUD’s PIH Hosts Webinars on New Asset-Building MTW Cohort

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is hosting three webinars in preparation for the newest Moving To Work (MTW) Demonstration expansion cohort evaluating asset-building initiatives for public housing residents (see Memo, 5/2). PIH is partnering with the Consumer Finance Protection…

May 16, 2022

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Promotes Affordable Connectivity Program

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs (Multifamily) sent an email to stakeholders on May 10 announcing a new federal subsidy program – the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) – to help HUD-assisted households pay for internet service. HUD’s media office meanwhile issued a media release on…

May 2, 2022

More Information about HUD’s New Public Housing Data Dashboard

As reported last week (see Memo, 4/25), HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) released a new Public Housing Data Dashboard. In this Memo article, NLIHC provides a more detailed analysis of the Dashboard, identifying both its useful content as well as some issues with the new resource.…