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
1.12.22
From the Commercial Observer: Up to $3.1 billion in capital financing for improvements will be coming to New York City Housing Authority complexes across the city from private sector joint ventures, the agency announced.
12.2.21
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, HUD issued two new PIH notices: PIH Notice 2021-31 Public Housing Operating Subsidy Grant Eligibility Calculations and Processing for Calendar Year (CY) 2022 & PIH Notice 2021-32 Extension of American Rescue Plan Act – Adjustment Funding for Calendar Year 2021 Housing Choice Voucher Program and...
11.2.21
From the San Antonio Housing Authority's press release: The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) is taking unprecedented action to extend the eviction moratorium for more than 10,000 residents in its public or mixed-income housing communities through March 1, 2022.
10.1.21
(Washington, D.C.) October 1, 2021 -- Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) Executive Director Sunia Zaterman released the following statement urging Congress not to cut proposed funding for public housing and rental assistance in the Build Back Better reconciliation bill:  
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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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