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

August 1, 2022

House Financial Services Committee Advances Three Housing Bills

The House Committee on Financial Services approved three bills on July 27 addressing housing: the “Studying Barriers to Homelessness Act” (H.R.7123), the “Naomi Schwartz Safe Parking Act of 2022” (H.R.2965), and the “Housing Inspections Accountability Act” (H.R.8476). NLIHC has endorsed each bill…