Baton Rouge City
300 Louisiana Avenue
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Baton Rouge City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Baton Rouge City administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 279 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Baton Rouge City is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Baton Rouge City is among the 37% of Louisiana housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Baton Rouge City scored an average of 61 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 92 in 2001 and a low score of 30 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Louisiana is 71.21.

Baton Rouge City has an average score that is less than the average Louisiana housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Baton Rouge City.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 12/22/09 Plan
2009 1/13/09 Plan
2008 11/29/07 Plan
2005 11/12/04 Plan
2004 2/13/04 Plan
2003 2/27/03 Plan
2002 12/20/01 Plan
2001 3/22/01 Plan
2000 4/12/00 Plan