ReThink is the name of a new initiative created to build awareness for, and inspire people to learn about, public housing in the U.S.
The initiative encourages the public to consider the people and families in their own community who could be served by public housing.
What is public housing?
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high-rise apartments for the elderly. (as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Who lives in public housing?
Public housing provides homes and services for approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S. People of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds are served by public housing.
Public housing provides the stability a father needs to develop job skills, or a mom needs to earn a college degree, and it provides services for veterans, disabled, and seniors.
What do you mean by ‘waiting list?’
There are more people who could benefit from public housing than there are public housing units available. As a result, many cities have waiting lists with names of families and individuals who have applied to wait for public housing availability.
There are at least half a million people across the U.S. waiting for public housing to become available. In many cities, like Washington, D.C., waiting lists are closed because the numbers have grown overwhelming – 70,000 people waiting for one of 8,000 units.