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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9.26.19
From the Hudson County View: Betty Morris had two very big families: one was her immediate family, with 16 children, as well as her family-at-large – the residents of the Marion Gardens Housing Complex. Back in 1974, when the family was under threat, she took action by heading down to Washington D.C. to fight for the necessary funding to keep the complex alive. “My mother...
9.26.19
From ideastream: Public art is everywhere at Woodhill Homes — much of it historic, dating from the 1930s and 1940s. A panel on a building shows a woman hoisting a basket of fruit above her head. In the community center gym, WPA murals cover the walls, showing scenes of everyday life from when the complex was built. But for the public housing development's current residents, what...
9.17.19
Today, HUD released its fourth notice on implementation of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA), bipartisan legislation passed unanimously and enacted in July 2016 to streamline PHA operations and regulations.
9.12.19
From the Toledo Blade: The Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority has received nearly $1 million in grant funding to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards.
9.12.19
From Curbed DC: One of the District’s biggest landlords has put out an ambitious plan to refinance, repair, and redevelop roughly a third of its overall portfolio. That landlord is the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA), which owns and manages over 8,000 public housing units citywide. While it is still in draft form, the plan—first discussed earlier this year during the D.C. government’s annual...

What are the benefits of public housing? 

Public housing:

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

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