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In the United Kingdom public housing is often referred to as "council housing", and is described in the article on that subject. Local not-for-profit housing associations have begun to operate some of the older council housing estates in the United Kingdom.
United States and Canada
In the United States and Canada, public housing is usually a block of purpose-built housing operated by a government agency. Most housing communities were developed from the 1930s onward. Houses, apartments or other residential units are usally subsidized on a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) basis. Some communities have now embraced a mixed income, with both assisted and market rents, when allocating homes as they become available. Large multi-story buildings, often in large groups of similar buildings were popular government designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these were torn down and replaced with mixed housing development in the 1990s and 2000s.
US public housing had a reputation for high crime levels, high drug use, and poverty.
In 1997, the top providers of US public housing, according to HUD were: