Housing Authority of Lake Charles
800 Bilbo Street
Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, LA

337-439-4189

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Lake Charles Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on October 12th, 2015.

The Housing Authority of Lake Charles (HALC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in March 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


For more information, call the HALC office at (337) 439-4189, or the Section 8 information line at (337) 436-7628.


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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Lake Charles Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update September 10th, 2015.

The Housing Authority of Lake Charles (HALC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The HALC offers three Public Housing communities with 833 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from studios to 4 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HALC to pick up a pre-application, located at 1903 Augusta St., Lake Charles, LA 70601, from 8:00 am until 11:00 am CT; and 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:00 am until 11:00 am CT; and 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for everyone in the household, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The HALC does not have a preference.

Qualified applicants will be placed by the date and time the pre-application is received.

For more information, call the HALC office at (337) 436-0640 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Lake Charles administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 833 affordable rental units. It also administers 2,056 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Lake Charles is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Lake Charles between Public Housing Units (29%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (71%) to that of all housing authorities in Louisiana, Housing Authority of Lake Charles has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Louisiana.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 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, Housing Authority of Lake Charles scored an average of 73 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 93 in 2009 and a low score of 38 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Louisiana is 71.21.

Housing Authority of Lake Charles has an average score that is more 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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 Housing Authority of Lake Charles.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 8/3/11 Plan
2008 8/20/08 Plan
2007 9/21/07 Plan
2007 9/21/07 Plan
2006 8/22/06 Plan
2005 3/16/06 Plan
2004 10/14/04 Plan
2002 11/18/02 Plan
2001 2/4/02 Plan
2000 12/12/00 Plan