Fact Sheet The Future of Public Housing: Public Housing Fact Sheet
Benny Docter, Martha M. Galvez
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Public housing plays a crucial role in the nation’s stock of affordable, safe, stable housing, and currently faces significant risks. In 2016 the program served a total of 2,156,625 people in 1,067,000 units. This fact sheet describes public housing properties and residents and highlights some of the most pressing of these risks, which stem from the age of the housing stock, unit conditions, and exposure to climate change.

 

This fact sheet was corrected February 20, 2020. The total number of low-income people living in public housing units in 2016 was 2,156,625; a previous version said it was 2,311,181. Also, the definition of extremely low income is below 30 percent of AMI; a previous version said it was 50 percent.

Research Areas Social safety net Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Homelessness Housing and the economy Multifamily housing Housing affordability Housing subsidies
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center