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 [email protected] or 202.662.1530 x228.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

March 2, 2020

Federal Register Notice Implements Rural Small PHA Streamlining Provisions

A Federal Register notice published on February 27 implements Section 209 of the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” (commonly referred to as S. 2155 or “Economic Growth Act”). That act added Section 38 to the “United States Housing Act of 1937” and made several…

February 24, 2020

HUD REAC Issues New “Get NSPIREd” Newsletter

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) issued an inaugural newsletter “Get NSPIREd” on February 12. NSPIRE is an acronym for National Standards for Physical Inspection of Real Estate. The newsletter describes the new physical inspection model being tested on a voluntary, demonstration basis by…