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 Elayne Weiss, Senior Policy Analyst, at or 202.662.1530 x243.

Additional Resources

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

March 18, 2019

HUD Invites PHAs to Apply for “Rent Reform” Moving-to-Work Cohort

HUD posted Notice PIH-2019-04 inviting public housing agencies (PHAs) to apply to participate in the second cohort of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program expansion. This cohort will test “rent reform” ideas designed to “increase resident self-sufficiency and reduce PHA administrative…

March 11, 2019

Advocates Urged to Endorse Lead-Safe Housing Bill

Organizations are urged to endorse a lead-safe housing bill about to be introduced.  The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative are seeking organizations to endorse “The Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2019” even before it is formally…