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The Ultimate Public Housing and Section 8 Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • 1937
  • 1939
  • 1945
  • 1974

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?

  • 1937
  • 1949
  • 1968
  • 1974

What was an unintended consequence in many cities of the federal government's public housing laws?

  • school overcrowding
  • racial segregation
  • decrease in crime
  • increase in teen births

Who benefits the most from Section 8 vouchers?

  • the elderly
  • low-income residents
  • the mentally ill
  • working moms

Which city did a federal court rule had deliberately located its public housing in areas with high concentrations of poor African Americans?

  • Chicago
  • Pittsburg
  • Boston
  • New York

In what year did Congress create the Section 8 voucher program?

  • 1937
  • 1945
  • 1974
  • 1980

On average, how many public housing units were built each year between 1957 and 1960?

  • 15,560
  • 26,750
  • 34,677
  • 50,675

In regards to public housing in the 1960s, what was the result of rent increases and a decrease in services?

  • unemployment
  • sit-ins
  • rent strikes
  • 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?

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • New York

In recent years, many high-rise public housing projects built for families were converted into homes for which group?

  • elderly
  • teen moms
  • mentally ill
  • college students

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?

  • 20
  • 40
  • 50
  • 70

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?

  • 25
  • 35
  • 50
  • 60

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?

  • high-rises
  • garden apartments
  • town houses
  • single-family units

In the 1930s, which group did Congress originally target as the primary beneficiaries of public housing?

  • homeless
  • working class
  • elderly
  • minorities

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