The National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) was founded to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to have a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home. The idea for the Museum began with the inextinguishable dream of public housing residents, who insisted on saving the last remaining building of the historic Jane Addams Homes. The preserved building will house their diverse stories and become a site of resistance against misrepresentations of people living in poverty. As a museum, cultural center, and creative placemaking hub, NPHM collects oral histories, artifacts, and other material objects and offers engaging public programs that draw upon the power of place to connect historic movements with contemporary struggles, and the creative arts with innovative public policy.

Funding to date for our Power of Place campaign includes $4.3 million pledged or in-hand. As a dream of so many for so long, we are well on our way to raising the remaining $10 million needed to fully realize our project.

Often, we are told that this is a museum that is exactly right for these times. The Museum will be a catalyst for important conversations about the ‘public good’, human rights, and what a government owes its most vulnerable residents.

For more information about our plans, the campaign, or to make a contribution - please contact Director of Development, Sue Enright at