Public Housing

The public housing program provides safe, decent, and affordable rental housing to over 2.2 million low- and very low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. 

There are approximately 1.1 million public housing units owned and managed by more than 3,000 housing authorities.  

The majority of public housing agencies are very small, with over 2,200 agencies having 250 units of public housing or less. However, the majority of the stock is concentrated within medium-large sized housing authorities (1,001 units or more). Although these medium-large housing authorities only comprise 5% of the number of agencies, they represent approximately 60% of the public housing unit stock.

CLPHA represents some of the largest public housing authorities in the country. Collectively, CLPHA members own and operate approximately 40% of the nation’s public housing stock.

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Latest Public Housing News
11.14.19
From the New York Real Estate Journal: According to the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY), a $2.5 million award was presented from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York to help finance rehabilitation of the Ross F. Calcagno Homes apartment complex.
11.14.19
From the Saint Paul Public Housing Agency's newsletter: On Thursday, November 14, 2019 the Saint Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) will mark the completion of a multi-million dollar upgrade of its Dunedin Terrace public housing development.  The 88 rental units in 22 four-plex townhomes were originally built for low income families in 1964, along with the adjacent Dunedin Hi-Rise for elderly...
11.8.19
Public Housing ACC and Mixed Finance Amendment to the ACC On Friday, November 8, 2019, HUD published proposed revised forms of the Public Housing Authority Annual Contributions Contract (“ACC”) and Mixed Finance Amendment to the ACC (“MFACC Amendment”) for public review and comment.  The revised form ACC and MFACC Amendment were published as part of a 30-day Paperwork Reduction...
10.30.19
HUD’s Office of Public & Indian Housing (PIH) will host a four-part Repositioning Webinar training series open to all PHAs. The webinar series will be held November 12, 14, 19, and 21 and will cover:
10.10.19
From DCHA's newsletter: District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett unveiled a working draft of phase one of the agency’s 20-year comprehensive plan to begin addressing tackle the up to $2.5 billion in deferred maintenance and capital improvements at more than 6,600 units in DCHA’s traditional public housing portfolio. The plan would preserve affordable existing...

What are the benefits of public housing? 

Public housing:

  • Lowers health care costs
  • Improves student achievement
  • Bolsters economic productivity

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