Testimony The Current State of Public Housing
Testimony before the House Financial Services Committee
Susan J. Popkin
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This testimony was corrected February 20, 2020. On page 3, the total number of low-income people living in public housing units in 2016 is 2,156,625. A previous version said it was 2,311,181. Also, on page 4, the definition of extremely low income is below 30 percent of AMI. A previous version said it was 50 percent.


Susan J Popkin, Institute fellow, testified before the US House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance during a hearing on the future of public housing. Her testimony outlined the current state of public housing, the important role housing programs play amid an affordable housing crisis, and how housing programs can be strengthened in the future.

Research Areas Social safety net Housing
Tags Housing vouchers and mobility Multifamily housing Housing affordability Housing subsidies Public and assisted housing
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center