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 2,311,000 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.