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.

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Memo to Members and Partners Articles

January 9, 2023

Carbon Monoxide Detector and Alarm Requirement Takes Effect

HUD has issued reminders that, as of December 27, 2022, all HUD-assisted units must have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors or alarms installed. The reminders were sent to owners and operators of HUD-assisted Multifamily projects and to public housing agency (PHA) executive directors. In addition, on…

January 9, 2023

Section 3 Compliance Reporting Still Not Required by HUD

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2022-38/FPM-19-2022 on December 20, 2022, informing public housing agencies (PHAs) that they are not required to report on Section 3 labor hours worked or other Section 3 compliance efforts until PIH has a new reporting system.…