Housing Authority of Rapides Parish
119 Boyce Garden Drive
Boyce, Rapides Parish, LA

318-793-4751

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Rapides Parish 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.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Housing Authority of Rapides Parish Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update September 11th, 2015.

The Housing Authority of Rapides Parish (HARP) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The HARP offers one Public Housing community with 178 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

To apply, visit the HARP to submit a pre-application in person, located at 119 Longford St, Boyce, LA 71409, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: Social Security Cards and birth certificates for all household members, photo IDs for all adult household members, and proof of all income. All adult household members must be present when applying for Public Housing.

The HARP 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 HARP office at (318) 793-4751, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of Rapides Parish administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 178 affordable rental units. It also administers 342 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of Rapides Parish is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of Rapides Parish between Public Housing Units (34%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (66%) to that of all housing authorities in Louisiana, Housing Authority of Rapides Parish 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 Rapides Parish scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2004 and a low score of 73 in 2005. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Louisiana is 71.21.

Housing Authority of Rapides Parish 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 Rapides Parish.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 1/5/11 Plan
2010 6/17/10 Plan
2009 12/15/08 Plan
2008 1/15/08 Plan
2007 12/1/06 Plan
2006 3/2/06 Plan
2005 4/6/05 Plan
2004 12/22/03 Plan
2003 3/10/03 Plan
2002 2/28/02 Plan
2001 4/12/01 Plan
2000 8/4/00 Plan