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 24, 2021

Senators Young and Schatz Reintroduce the “Yes in My Backyard Act”

Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on May 13 reintroduced the “Yes in My Backyard Act (YIMBY),” which aims to increase transparency and encourage affordable housing development in more communities by requiring Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients to explain why they…

May 24, 2021

HUD PIH Issues Updated Tenant Participation Fund Guidance

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) issued Notice PIH 2021-16, updating guidance on the use of the $25 per occupied unit Tenant Participation Fund. This notice supersedes Notice PIH 2013-21. Of the $25 per occupied unit provided by a public housing agency’s (PHA’s) Operating Fund Grant…

May 17, 2021

HUD PIH Announces Cohort 2 of Moving to Work Demonstration Expansion

HUD’s Office of Public Housing (PIH) informed stakeholders on May 7 that ten public housing agencies (PHAs) were selected to participate in Cohort 2 (Alternative Rent Policies) of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Expansion. A list of the ten PHAs and a brief summary of their MTW alternative…