Public Housing Authority
- Year Started The first PHA was created in 1937
- Administratering Agency PHAs are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Total Units Count There are over 1.2 million public housing units in the United States.
- Total Assisted Units Count There are over 1.2 million public housing units in the United States.
- # Persons / Houshold Served PHAs serve low-income families and individuals.
- Funding Agency PHAs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Population Targeted PHAs are targeted at families and individuals with incomes below 50% of the area median income.
- Client Group Type PHAs serve low-income families and individuals.
- Housing Type Name Public housing is owned and operated by the government and is typically rented to low-income families and individuals.
- Last Updated April 27, 2023
If the resource information above is incorrect, please notify your local HUD field office.
The public Housing Authority offices were established to provide safe and decent rental housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. There are different types of public housing and many different programs to assist those in need.
On average, around 3,300 public housing authority offices are managed by the authority and there are just under 1 million households benefiting from the programs set forth by HUD’s Public Housing Program.
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development assists the local housing agencies by providing Federal aid. The local housing agencies then manage the resources to assist those in need of affordable housing to apply for the programs they are eligible for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Statutory and Regulatory Authority
Section 202, Housing Act of 1959
- 12 U.S.C.A. § 1701q
Section 811, National Affordable Housing Act of 1990
- 42 U.S.C.A § 8013
Select HUD Regulations
- 24 C.F.R. Part 247 (evictions)
- 24 C.F.R. Part 891 (supportive housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities)
For more information, search to contact your local HUD .