Rental Housing In Louisiana

Louisiana Rental Overview

The population of Louisiana, according to the 2010 Census, is 4,533,372. The total number of households in the state is 1,728,360. The average household size for Louisiana is 2.45. The total number of renter households in the state is 566,061 which means that 32.75% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Louisiana is ranked 23rd in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Louisiana is $760 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Louisiana ranks 28th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,353 and West Virginia ranks last at $606. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Louisiana is 53,653 representing a vacancy rate of 8.7%. Among all U.S. states, Louisiana ranks 40th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Louisiana’s rental housing portfolio is performing below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 175 14,488
Section 202 110 5,758
Section 811 55 901
Section 515 348 11,522
RDRA 267 7,463
LIHTC 505 23,501
Senior 226 9,384
Public Housing 133 10,603
Section 8 Voucher 169 55,191
Total 965 47,128
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Louisiana there are 169 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Louisiana is 48.80. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is New Orleans at 5,189 units and the smallest is Dry Prong at 8 unit(s). 226 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 9,384 units. Of the 47,128 units, 28,555 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Louisiana ranked by federally assisted units

There are 55 counties or county equivalents in Louisiana. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is East Baton Rouge Parish at 440,171 and the smallest is Tensas Parish at 5,252. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Orleans Parish at 52.16% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Cameron Parish at 12.23%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Louisiana ranges from a low of 8.8 units per 1,000 renter households in St Landry Parish to a high of 468.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Madison Parish. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Louisiana is 141.3 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Louisiana. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
East Baton Rouge Parish 5,375
Orleans Parish 5,157
Caddo Parish 4,622
Jefferson Parish 2,978
Lafayette Parish 2,472
Ouachita Parish 2,411
Calcasieu Parish 1,787
Rapides Parish 1,242
Natchitoches Parish 1,010
Lincoln Parish 856
Iberia Parish 850
Bossier Parish 845
Acadia Parish 789
Avoyelles Parish 764
De Soto Parish 737
Webster Parish 725
Madison Parish 673
Tangipahoa Parish 627
Evangeline Parish 598
Morehouse Parish 558
Lafourche Parish 534
Vernon Parish 504
Ascension Parish 476
Livingston Parish 473
Union Parish 452
Sabine Parish 450
Richland Parish 447
Concordia Parish 382
Vermilion Parish 377
Washington Parish 366
Bienville Parish 361
Allen Parish 304
Jefferson Davis Parish 267
West Baton Rouge Parish 243
Winn Parish 224
East Feliciana Parish 207
Red River Parish 204
West Feliciana Parish 188
Franklin Parish 188
Terrebonne Parish 185
Pointe Coupee Parish 170
Catahoula Parish 168
Jackson Parish 166
Iberville Parish 161
Tensas Parish 130
West Carroll Parish 119
East Carroll Parish 116
Assumption Parish 116
Beauregard Parish 102
Claiborne Parish 96
St Landry Parish 82
La Salle Parish 64
Grant Parish 62
Caldwell Parish 56
Cameron Parish 40

Affordable Housing by City in Louisiana ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 238 cities in Louisiana that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 343,829, New Orleans has the largest population of these cities. There are 65 Federally assisted housing communities in New Orleans which are home to about 5,189 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Louisiana. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Louisiana.

CityTotal Units
New Orleans 5,189
Baton Rouge 4,932
Shreveport 4,184
Lafayette 1,920
Monroe 1,638
Lake Charles 1,481
Marrero 988
Natchitoches 854
Ruston 740
New Iberia 697
Bossier City 677
Harvey 672
Opelousas 669
Tallulah 657
Alexandria 618
Mansfield 505
Bastrop 473
Pineville 433
Metairie 429
Crowley 407
Hammond 399
Minden 397
Kenner 381
West Monroe 374
Thibodaux 356
Many 354
Ville Platte 351
Rayville 339
Carencro 336
Leesville 326
Slidell 306
Mandeville 293
Baker 264
Abbeville 252
Franklin 244
Ferriday 238
Eunice 232
Meraux 230
Donaldsonville 228
Winnfield 224
Farmerville 218
Denham Springs 217
Coushatta 204
Terrytown 201
Port Allen 199
Franklinton 193
Gonzales 184
Houma 183
Breaux Bridge 178
Vivian 174
Richwood 174
New Roads 170
Mamou 168
Sulphur 168
Arcadia 165
Jennings 163
Oakdale 162
Mansura 160
Scott 144
Bunkie 144
Gretna 141
Rayne 140
Banton Rouge 140
Bogalusa 139
Springhill 136
Jeanerette 136
Deridder 136
Covington 130
Ponchatoula 124
Westlake 123
Winnsboro 122
Oak Grove 119
Sunset 116
Marksville 116
Lake Providence 116
Laplace 115
Bernice 114
Logansport 112
Sterlington 112
Cullen 112
Ringgold 108
St Francisville 108
Kaplan 102
Jonesboro 98
Simmesport 96
Walker 96
Jackson 95
Vinton 90
Saint Martinville 88
Paulina 86
Livingston 83
Church Point 81
Basile 76
Napoleonville 74
Plaquemine 74
Westwego 74
Jonesville 73
Iota 72
Broussard 72
Greenwood 72
Kinder 72
Greenwell Springs 72
Benton 72
Welsh 72
Luling 72
Cottonport 72
Mer Rouge 65
Oil City 64
Grambling 64
Reserve 64
Homer 64
Hessmer 64
Prairieville 64
Blanchard 64
New Llano 64
Junction City 64
Melville 64
Clinton 64
Delhi 64
Dequincy 62
Greensburg 61
Claiborne 60
La Place 60
Waggaman 60
Clayton 60
Albany 59
Gibsland 56
Vidalia 56
Raceland 56
Marion 56
Campti 52
Gray 52
Wisner 52
Amite 52
Moreauville 50
Harrisonburg 48
Sibley 48
Gloster 48
Sicily Island 47
Erath 47
Brusly 44
Patterson 44
Maringouin 44
Independence 40
Doyline 40
Cameron 40
Lockport 40
Oberlin 40
Powhatan 40
Stonewall 40
Newllano 40
Hardwood 40
Saint Francisville 40
Norwood 36
Duson 36
Zachary 34
Waterproof 34
Woodworth 34
Glenmora 33
Port Barre 32
Ball 32
White Springs 32
Evergreen 32
Plain Dealing 32
Cotton Valley 32
Haynesville 32
Hahnville 32
Pierre Part 32
Pleasant Hill 32
Cloutierville 32
Dubach 32
Olla 32
St Gabriel 32
Saint Joseph 32
Natchez 32
Mooringsport 32
Zwolle 32
Starks 32
Abita Springs 32
Castor 32
Lake Arthur 32
Jena 32
Newellton 32
Haughton 32
Grayson 32
Keithville 32
Lawtell 32
Florien 32
Saint Bernard 32
Frierson 32
Thobodaux 32
Washington 32
Princeton 32
Plaucheville 30
De Ridder 30
Ridgecrest 30
Iowa 29
Paradis 24
Colfax 24
Columbia 24
Start 24
East Hodge 24
Saint Rose 24
Hodge 24
Angie 22
Deville 21
Mermentau 21
Pitkin 20
Collinston 20
North Hodge 20
Pollock 20
Mangham 20
Simsboro 20
Morse 20
Springfield 18
Loreauville 17
Grand Coteau 16
Boyce 16
Elizabeth 16
Cheneyville 16
Delta 16
Lecompte 16
Pearl River 15
Pine Prairie 15
Elton 14
Ferriday . 14
Oberline 14
Gilbert 14
South Glenmore 13
Calhoun 13
Varnado 12
Wilson 12
Kentwood 12
Folsom 12
White Castle 11
Montgomery 10
Labadieville 10
Dry Prong 8

Housing Authorities in Louisiana ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 169 housing authorities in Louisiana. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 169 housing authorities, 24.9% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Louisiana by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of New Orleans with 21,247 public housing units under management (3,687 public housing units and 17,560 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Louisiana and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Housing Authority of New Orleans 3,687 17,560
Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish 200 4,830
East Baton Rouge Housing Authority 952 3,863
Housing Authority of Shreveport 665 3,361
Housing Authority of Monroe 1,511 1,548
Housing Authority of Lake Charles 833 2,056
Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette 572 1,781
Housing Authority of the City of Alexandria 582 1,114
Louisiana Housing Authority - 1,565
Housing Authority of the City of Kenner 136 1,307
St. Landry Parish Housing Authority 146 721
Housing Authority of the City of Natchitoches 398 450
Bossier Parish Section 8 - 792
Housing Authority of Crowley 349 403
Housing Authority of City of Slidell 125 612
Housing Authority of City of Opelousas 690 -
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury - 574
Ouachita Parish Police Jury - 555
Terrebonne PH Consolid. Govt., Federal Programs Division - 540
St. Bernard Parish Government - 539
Housing Authority of St. Charles Parish 129 400
Housing Authority of Rapides Parish 178 342
Housing Authority of the City of Houma 508 -
West Monroe Housing Authority - 463
Housing Authority of the City of Morgan City 324 138
Bogalusa Housing Authority 340 100
Housing Authority of the City of Bossier City 436 -
Housing Authority of Natchitoches Parish 92 334
Tangipahoa Parish Council - 397
Housing Authority of the City of Sulphur 202 190
Housing Authority of the City of Minden 247 137
Housing Authority of Sabine Parish 262 108
Housing Authority of Hammond - 364
St. Martin Parish Police Jury - 342
City of New Iberia - 322
Housing Authority of St. James Parish 314 -
Housing Authority of the City of Thibodaux 306 -
Housing Authority of Westwego 300 -
Housing Authority of Ruston 298 -
Housing Authority of St. John the Baptist Parish 296 -
Ruston City - 290
Pineville Housing Authority 121 168
Baton Rouge City - 279
Housing Authority of Oakdale 156 120
Housing Authority of Lafourche Parish 276 -
Lafourche Parish Housing Authority - 271
St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority - 260
Thibodaux City - 255
Housing Authority of Newellton - 251
Housing Authority of the City of Leesville 193 56
Housing Authority of the Town of Grambling 95 150
Housing Authority of the City of Denham Springs 52 184
Housing Authority of the Parish of Caldwell 116 114
Iberia Parish Government - 229
Housing Authority of Ville Platte 216 -
Desoto Parish Police Jury - 212
Housing Authority of the Town of Church Point 123 88
Housing Authority of City of Covington 49 159
St. Mary Parish Council - 200
Housing Authority of Rayne 200 -
Housing Authority of New Iberia 199 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Jonesboro 191 -
Webster Parish Police Jury - 177
Housing Authority of the Town of Pontchatoula 109 65
Town of Kinder - 172
Housing Authority of the Town of Marksville 169 -
Pilgrim Rest Community Development Agency - 165
Housing Authority of the City of Jennings 165 -
Housing Authority of the City of Deridder 122 38
Morehouse Parish Police Jury - 158
Ville Platte City - 157
Housing Authority of the City of Abbeville 156 -
Washington Parish Housing Authority - 155
Housing Authority of the City of Donaldsonville 151 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Lake Providence 150 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Winnsboro 150 -
Housing Authority of the City of Eunice 149 -
Housing Authority of South Landry 148 -
East Carroll Parish Police Jury - 142
City of Port Allen - 142
Avoyelles Parish Police Jury - 141
Caddo Parish Commission - 141
Housing Authority of Grant Parish 28 113
Housing Authority of the Town of Colfax 90 50
Housing Authority of the Town of Mamou 120 20
Housing Authority of the Town of Mansfield 140 -
Lincoln Parish Police Jury - 135
Plaquemine City - 134
Housing Authority of the Town of White Castle 134 -
Housing Authority of Vernon Parish 66 66
Jefferson Davis Parish Section 8 - 132
Housing Authority of the Town of Berwick 128 -
Evangeline Parish Police Jury - 127
Housing Auth. of the Town of St. Martinville 124 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Arcadia 120 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Haynesville 120 -
Housing Authority of Winnfield 118 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Vinton 68 50
Union Parish Police Jury - 114
Town of Independence HA 58 55
Ascension Parish Section 8 Program - 109
Assumption Parish Police Jury - 108
Housing Authority of the Town of Bunkie 106 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Patterson 105 -
City of Donaldsonville - 103
Housing Authority of Homer 100 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Rayville 100 -
Housing Authority of the City of Breaux Bridge 98 -
Rayne City - 93
Winn Parish Police Jury - 92
Housing Authority of the Town of Merryville 88 -
Housing Authority of Kaplan 85 -
Claiborne Parish Section 8 - 84
Bienville Parish Police Jury - 81
West Baton Rouge Parish Council - 80
Housing Authority of Vivian 80 -
Housing Authority of the City of Dequincy 80 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Oil City 78 -
West Carroll Parish Police Jury Housing Assistance - 73
Kentwood - 69
Housing Authority of Ferriday 68 -
Catahoula Parish Police Jury - 66
Housing Authority of the Town of Iowa 60 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Cottonport 60 -
Housing Authority of the Town of New Roads 60 -
Community Support Programs, Inc. - 58
Housing Authority of the Town of Erath 58 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Delcambre 56 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Simmesport 56 -
Tallulah City - 55
Concordia Parish Police Jury - 54
Southwest Acadia Consolidated Housing Authority 54 -
New Roads City - 52
Housing Authority of Jena 50 -
St. Martinville City - 50
Housing Authority of the Town of Lake Arthur 49 -
Iberville Parish Government - 48
Housing Authority of the Town of Olla 45 -
Red River Parish Police Jury - 45
Jeanerette Public Housing Agency - 41
East Carroll Parish Housing Authority 40 -
Housing Authority of Farmerville 40 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Delhi - 40
Housing Authority of the Town of Welsh 36 -
Housing Authority of Duson 30 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Kinder 30 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Logansport 26 -
Housing Authority of the Town of East Hodge 25 -
Village of Fenton Housing Authority 25 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Gueydan 23 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Basile 22 -
Housing Authority of Gibsland 22 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Youngsville 20 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Cotton Valley 20 -
Jackson Parish Police Jury - 18
Housing Authority of the Town of Elton 18 -
Housing Authority of the Town of Oberlin 18 -
Town of White Castle - 16
Housing Authority of the Village of Parks 16 -
Franklin Parish Police Jury - 13
Housing Authority of Pearl River - -
Transfer New Orleans - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 Only - -
Transfer Slidell - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 Only - -
Transfer St. Bernard Parish - Dhap Phase 2 & - -
Transfer Jefferson Parish - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 - -
New Orleans - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 Only - -
Slidell - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 Only - -
St. Bernard Parish - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 Only - -
Jefferson Parish - Dhap Phase 2 & 3 Only - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Louisiana has a total of 965 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 47,128 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 23,501 in Louisiana. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Louisiana.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view