Public housing has been part of our nation's social fabric for more than 60 years. Many people, however, know little about its history or objectives. Take our quiz to see how much you know, or don't know, about public housing in the United States.
In what year did Congress pass the first national public housing legislation?
Beyond providing low-cost housing, what was another objective of the federal government's first housing law?
provide housing for the mentally ill
provide construction jobs
provide housing for the elderly
provide needed tax revenue
In what year did Congress pass the first subsidized housing law?
What was an unintended consequence in many cities of the federal government's public housing laws?
decrease in crime
increase in teen births
Who benefits the most from Section 8 vouchers?
the mentally ill
Which city did a federal court rule had deliberately located its public housing in areas with high concentrations of poor African Americans?
In what year did Congress create the Section 8 voucher program?
On average, how many public housing units were built each year between 1957 and 1960?
In regards to public housing in the 1960s, what was the result of rent increases and a decrease in services?
violent clashes with police
What is a PHA?
Public Housing Authority
Public Housing Administration
Public Housing Act
Public Housing Accommodations
Which city was home to the first federal public housing project?
In recent years, many high-rise public housing projects built for families were converted into homes for which group?
Which federal agency is responsible for public housing in the United States?
Department of the Treasury
Department of the Interior
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Commerce
What percentage of rent do Section 8 vouchers cover?
According to the federal government, which of the following is the correct definition of low income?
A household that earns no more than 80 percent of national median income.
A household that has a head of the family who is unemployed.
A household that earns more than 75 percent of the local median income.
A household that earns no more than 80 percent of local median income.
What percentage of those who apply receive aid from Section 8 vouchers?
Federal housing assistance ends when a family's local median income is more than what percent?
25 percent of the local median income
40 percent of the local median income
70 percent of the local median income
80 percent of the local median income
What type of buildings were constructed as public housing in the 1930s?
In the 1930s, which group did Congress originally target as the primary beneficiaries of public housing?
Which of the following best describes the term "rent ceiling?"
Laws or ordinances that set the top rental price of residential housing
Laws or ordinances that set the top rental price of commercial buildings
Laws or ordinances that set minimum limits for residential rent
Laws or ordinances that set limits on the number of people in a rental unit