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.

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Memo to Members and Partners Articles

August 17, 2020

HUD Announces Restart of Physical Inspections

HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced on August 7 that HUD will resume Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) physical inspections of public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted multifamily properties and units, but only under strict safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic. REAC inspections…