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
3.20.20
On Thursday, March 19, CLPHA sent letters to Congressional leaders and U.S.
2.10.20
CLPHA Responds to Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Public Housing Budget In the face of an estimated capital needs backlog of $70 billion, HUD’s budget zeroes out the public housing capital fund, which is used to address the growing physical needs of aging properties.
2.6.20
On February 5, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance held a hearing entitled “A Future Without Public Housing?
1.8.20
Two recent online publications have featured residents of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s (CMHA) Woodhill Homes and their experiences living in public housing.
12.18.19
Following the devastating November fire at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority’s (MPHA) Cedar High apartments, Minneapolis’s Star Tribune reported on the chronic federal underfunding of public housing that contributes to the massive, nationwide capital needs backlog at public housing communities and requires PHAs to make tough choices about building main

What are the benefits of public housing? 

Public housing:

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

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