Housing Authority of City of Opelousas
906 E Laurent Street
Saint Landry Parish,
The Housing Authority of City of Opelousas administers
a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 690 affordable rental units.
According to HUD, Housing Authority of City of Opelousas is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units.
Housing Authority of City of Opelousas is among the 38% of Louisiana housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.
Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)
Public housing authorities provide several affordable housing assistance programs to renters and sometimes homeowners. Most of these programs are funded by the Federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The two primary housing programs administered by housing authorities are the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Housing Program, also known as Public Housing.
Section 8 vouchers provide a rental subsidy to renters that absorbs housing costs that exceed 30% of their income. Renters can use the voucher to rent private housing in apartment communities or privately owned homes. The rent is capped based on a Payment Standard that is determined by the housing authority based on market rents in the target area. Section 8 assistance is very limited across the country and typically waiting lists for the assistance can stretch out for a decade.
Public housing is rental housing owned and managed by housing authorities. Renters pay only 30% of their adjusted income. Typically, public housing consists of apartment developments but sometimes can be scattered single family homes in some suburban or rural housing authorities. Public housing was the first form of affordable housing provided to low income Americans. It is one of the oldest housing assistance programs in the country.
Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.
Housing Authority of City of Opelousas manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average
inspection score of 73. The scores for properties managed by
Housing Authority of City of Opelousas range from a high of 77 to a low of 68.
The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of City of Opelousas portfolio is
Jim Bowie Plaza and the lowest scoring property is Solete Plaza.
To be a passing score a public
housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100%
of properties managed by Housing Authority of City of Opelousas have a passing score.
Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)
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 Housing Authority of City of Opelousas.
||Plan PDF Document