5 of the Largest Public Housing Properties in the USA


It is always interesting to look at large scale housing sites to see how they perform and where improvements in the future could be made.  Today, we examine the 5 largest properties in the USA.

  1. Queensbridge Housing-  New York Housing Authority- Located in Long Island City, Queens, is now North America’s largest housing project with 3,142 apartments, following the demolition of several larger Chicago housing projects, including the Cabrini–Green Homes and the Robert Taylor Homes (whose 4,321 three, four and five bedroom apartments once made it the largest public housing project in the world).[12]
  2. Altgeld Gardens/ Philip Murray Homes- Chicago Housing Authority-  1971 units of housing- Named for Illinois politician John Peter Altgeld and Labor movement leader Philip Murray. 1,971 units of 2-story row-houses;
  3. Nickerson Gardens- Los Angeles Housing Authority- 1,066-unit public housing apartment complex at 1590 East 114th Street[1] in Watts, Los AngelesCalifornia. Nickerson Gardens consists of 156 buildings with townhouse style units made up on single bedroom units. It was completed in the year 1955, and the original architect was Paul Revere Williams. It was named after William Nickerson, Jr., the founder and former CEO of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company. The complex is owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Nickerson Gardens is the largest public housing development west of the Mississippi River.
  4. The Charlestown- Boston Housing Authority-1100 units- Charlestown is the BHA’s largest housing community for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. It is located in historic Charlestown, near the waterfront. Since 1992, the complex has undergone major renovations. The grounds have been professionally landscaped and offer residents a pleasant living environment.
  5. Wilson Park- Philiadephia Housing Authority- 723 Units- This is a mixture of high rise buildings and low-rise homes for seniors and families. 

There are obviously larger sites but we wanted to highlight several PHAs.  What other large communities do you know?  Email us at info@housing-futures.org or leave a comment. 

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