Eligibility is based on area median income; residents must also be a
There are approximately 1.2 million public housing units owned and managed by more than 3,000 housing authorities.
Housing authorities receive operating and capital subsidies from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to cover ongoing operating
and capital costs. They are responsible for general property management,
ongoing program compliance, and, in some cases, providing supportive services
Currently, there are more than 2 million persons that reside in about 1 million public housing households. Of those 1 million households, more than half (52 percent) are headed by a disabled and/or elderly resident, and nearly half (41 percent) have at least one child residing in the home. Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of households are considered very low- or extremely low-income, making less than 50 percent of area median income, and the average annual tenant income is about $13,400.