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How are Public Housing Authorities graded?

Just as there are good landlords and bad landlords, there are good public housing authorities and bad public housing authorities.

So the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grades housing authorities using something called the Public Housing Management Assessment Program (PHMAP).

HUD gives the housing authorities a grade of from 0 to 100. These number grades then get converted into descriptions like 'high,' 'standard,' or 'troubled.'

The things HUD grades a housing authority on are probably not exactly what a tenant would grade a landlord on. For example, HUD looks at how fast a housing authority spends the money HUD gives them. For a tenant, a more important thing might be the fairness of the apartment manager. Still, the PHMAP score can be useful if you want some basic information about whether or not a housing authority is well run.


HUD has available a database of data about each public housing authority.


HUD is will soon start using a new system of evaluation. In the new system, grades will be based, in part on a "resident satisfaction survey." We support this change and will report the new scores when data becomes available.

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