Bienville Parish Police Jury

829 East Georgia Avenue, Ruston, LA

There are no open waiting lists offered by Bienville Parish Police Jury. Go to the Louisiana Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Louisiana Public Housing Waiting Lists page for nearby housing applications.

Closed: Bienville Parish, Louisiana Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bienville Parish Housing Program Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted for two days only on February 18, 2020 and February 25, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The public notice for this waiting list states that this is for the, "Bienville Parish Housing Program," but it does not name the agency in charge of this program. Affordable Housing Online is unable to confirm if the Bienville Parish Housing Program is managed by the Bienville Parish Police Jury, but this is the only Public Housing Agency our team is aware of that serves Bienville Parish, LA.

To apply during the opening period, applications were accepted at the Bienville Parish Housing Program Section 8 Office.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

100 applicants were placed on the waiting list. It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, contact the Bienville Parish Housing Program.

Sources: This information was verified by the Louisiana Press Association website, as of February 17, 2020.

Last Updated on 02/25/2020.

About Bienville Parish Police Jury

Phone: (318) 251-9867.

About the Bienville Parish Police Jury Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bienville Parish Police Jury manages 54 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 53 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $402 $472
Monthly Cost $21,321 $472
Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 24% having issued approximately 2 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 3.2 persons and has a household income of $10,347 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% 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 61% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 76% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 10% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 12% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, -1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

70% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 71% of households with children have a female head of household. 98% of all households were headed by a female.

94% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 94% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bienville Parish Police Jury Housing Choice Voucher program, 12% include at least one person with a disability. 14% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 83% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

12% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 47% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% 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 Bienville Parish Police Jury voucher holders in 2016 was $256 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $416. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $133.

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.