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When it comes to housing, there seems to be no shortage of numbers and statistics. Here’s a dose from a recent report issued by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

  • Since 1995, about 200,000 public housing units, including the great majority of large “high rises,” have been torn down.
  • Public housing is located in more than 3,500 communities across the country.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all public housing households include an elderly person or an individual with a disability.
  • Since 1997 the share of public housing families with children that rely on welfare as their primary source of income has declined from 35 percent to 19 percent, and a larger share of families are working.
  • There are an estimated 7,877 public housing units in the District.