What is public housing?

Public housing is a federal rental-assistance program that provides rent subsidies for low-income residents. The program is managed by local housing authorities under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are two crucial pieces of legislation that helped to develop the public housing program. The first was the Wagner-Stegall Housing Act of 1937 which sought to improve housing conditions through the demolition and clearance of slums, increase the supply of decent and affordable housing for low-income families, reduce unemployment, and create the United States Housing Authority.  The second was the housing act of 1949 which was responsible for the creation of the FHA. There is a lot of history to unpack between these two acts, lots going on and too much to enter here; however, the takeaways are that what started out as a program for the public good has turned into something else entirely.

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