ReThink Housing

Why Housing Matters



What is ReThink?

    • 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.