About Baton Rouge City

The Baton Rouge City is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Baton Rouge City serves Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge City Waiting Lists

Baton Rouge City Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed


About the Baton Rouge City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Baton Rouge City manages 174 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 170 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $591 $906
Monthly Cost $100,439 $3,625

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Baton Rouge City

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3 persons and has a household income of $14,192 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 41% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 71% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 14% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 15% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

65% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 63% of households with children have a female head of household. 96% of all households were headed by a female.

96% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 95% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Baton Rouge City Housing Choice Voucher program, 13% include at least one person with a disability. 22% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 63% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

9% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 26% with 2 bedrooms and 65% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Baton Rouge City voucher holders in 2016 was $328 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $716. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $135.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.