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.

Latest Public Housing News
From the Boston Globe: Almost a quarter-century ago, the word came down from Washington, D.C.: The federal government was done building public housing. A new law capped the number of deeply affordable apartments Washington would subsidize in any given city at whatever existed in 1999, closing the book on a decades-long push against public housing by critics who associated it with...
PHAs Must Be Ready to Comply with New Standards Starting July 1
On May 17-18, CLPHA participated in a convening of IT, training and industry professionals to discuss upcoming rollouts of National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE), the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA), Housing Information Portal (HIP), and other IT and policy initiatives. Most notable were concerns raised by PHA software vendors who...
HUD has released the pre-publication copy of the final rule for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). The Final Rule contains information on the implementation timeline, the new affirmative standards, the frequency of inspections, addressing and appealing Findings, and much more.
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What are the benefits of public housing? 

Public housing:

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

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