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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3.29.19

From Multi-Housing News:

Following the construction of 285 affordable units during the past eight years at The Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony in South Boston, Beacon Communities and the Boston Housing Authority have broken ground on the third phase of redevelopment at one of the oldest federal public housing properties in the country. The Architectural Team Inc. is the designer of the 135-unit upcoming property.   

3.27.19

Relief ∙ Recovery ∙ Resilience

In the last two years, our nation has endured natural disasters that have caused billions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, and displaced thousands of families in California, the Carolinas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the Virgin Islands. Public housing authorities (PHAs) were not spared from the devastation inflicted by hurricanes and wildfires, and even with the best of disaster preparation, many are still recovering.

3.25.19

In response to energized discussions about HUD’s proposed changes to the Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) during CLPHA’s Spring Membership Meeting, we are calling on CLPHA members to contact your members of Congress and register your opposition to the new ACC.

3.19.19

The Trump Administration released the remainder of its fiscal year 2020 (FY18) budget on March 18. As noted last week, the proposal would completely eliminate all funding in FY20 for the Public Housing Capital Fund and slash funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund by almost $2 billion, a combined loss of $4.6 billion. The proposal additionally eliminates the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, HOME, CDBG, and other programs, while adding $100 million for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and eliminating the cap on RAD conversions.

3.11.19

The Trump Administration released its fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget proposal today, with more specific numbers expected early next week. The current version includes a request for $44.1 billion in discretionary funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an $8.7 billion or 16.4 percent decrease from current funding levels.  

What are the benefits of public housing? 

Public housing:

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

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