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
1.8.19
Now in its 18th day, the partial government shutdown, which includes the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is already having an impact on the low-income families served by public and affordable housing. The ongoing uncertainty imposes challenges for resource allocation and, if the shutdown drags on, the lack of HCV and Operating Fund payments will lead to housing instability for...
1.8.19
A coalition of more than 70 national organizations tell the Administration & Congress that people with the lowest incomes will be hit hardest if the shutdown continues.
1.3.19
On December 27, HUD again circumvented regulatory and process requirements to make changes to the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC). Through a Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notice, HUD published revisions to the ACC, referred to as “the New ACC,” and provided for a 60-day comment period.
11.14.18
New research from CLPHA and Econsult Solutions shows that PHAs generate and induce multiple streams of economic activity benefitting those who reside in public housing, as well as local employers, governments, and industries. Read more about "The Economic Impact of Public Housing: Ongoing Investment with Wide Reaching Returns" here. 
10.11.18
San Antonio’s Museo del Westside and the Westside Preservation Alliance have teamed up for a photo exhibition chronicling the history of the San Antonio Housing Authority’s (SAHA) Alazan-Apache Courts, a community created during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. SAHA plans to revitalize the historic complex in the future.

What are the benefits of public housing? 

Public housing:

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

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