Philadelphia has a limited stock of public rental housing that is owned and operated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). Like Housing Choice Vouchers, the waiting list can be years long.
Philadelphia Housing Authority has been undergoing a major transition after the former Executive Director was investigated for inappropriate use of agency funds. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assumed oversight of PHA properties until the scandal was resolved. The news further discouraged struggling families on PHA waiting lists who are in desperate need of stable, affordable housing.