There is no doubt that public housing gets a bad rap! It’s often mismanaged, has an aging infrastructure, and there’s always a handful of bad people around, either living in or just hanging around the developments, that reduce the quality of life for the rest of the residents who simply want better lives. But the public housing program itself was a good idea when it started and an even better one today!
Let’s think about a few things as we begin to change the narrative about public housing!
First – public housing is NOT affordable housing!! Let’s make this distinction clear or it will be difficult to move forward with the mindset needed to participate in this conversation. “The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program provides a tax incentives (for developers) to construct or rehabilitate affordable rental housing for low-income households.” (Tax Policy Center) Public housing, on the other hand, is a federal program