Housing Authority of New Orleans

4100 Touro Street
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana 70122

Housing Authority of New Orleans is a Public Housing Agency in New Orleans, Louisiana that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 16th, 2019, Housing Authority of New Orleans has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on October 25th, 2019. The Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on October 25th, 2019.

Housing Authority of New Orleans serves New Orleans.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Open Now
Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of New Orleans Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Lafitte Senior Housing Senior Public Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of New Orleans Waiting Lists

Open Now: Studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) Studio, 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom Project Based Voucher waiting list is currently open. Pre-applications are being accepted from August 26, 2019, until October 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online pre-application here

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

According to HANO, " If you are an individual with disabilities and need assistance with the online application process please, contact HANO’s Admissions Department at (504) 670-3284 to make arrangements for the completion and submission of your online application. You can also call HANO if you have any questions regarding this online application process or if you do not speak English and need translation assistance."

For more information, read the HANO public notice, or visit the HANO website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO’s) office, located at 4100 Touro Street, New Orleans, LA 70122. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Special Programs Department at (504) 670-3375 or Admissions Department at (504) 670-3284.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 08/28/2019.

Open Now: Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) Elderly Project Based Voucher wait list is currently open. Pre-applications are being accepted from August 26, 2019, until October 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online pre-application here

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

According to HANO, " If you are an individual with disabilities and need assistance with the online application process please, contact HANO’s Admissions Department at (504) 670-3284 to make arrangements for the completion and submission of your online application. You can also call HANO if you have any questions regarding this online application process or if you do not speak English and need translation assistance."

For more information, read the HANO public notice, or visit the HANO website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO’s) office, located at 4100 Touro Street, New Orleans, LA 70122. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Special Programs Department at (504) 670-3375 or Admissions Department at (504) 670-3284.

Last Updated on 08/26/2019.

Other Housing Authority of New Orleans Waiting Lists

Closed: Housing Authority of New Orleans Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from February 2016 until March 2016; and before that in September 2009. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. The application was available online only. No paper applications were available.

For more information, visit the HANO website, or call the office at (504) 670-3300.

Last Updated on 01/11/2018.

Closed: Lafitte Senior Housing Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) Public Housing waiting list for 1 bedroom units at Lafitte Senior Housing is currently closed. It was last open for five days in March, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete an application at the Lafitte Senior Housing Building.
  2. Pick up an application at the Lafitte Senior Housing Building.

If the paper application was picked up and was completed, it must have been mailed to the Lafitte Senior Housing.

This waiting list had the following preference: Former Pre-Katrina residents of the Lafitte development who left in good standing.  

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HANO website here.

Last Updated on 03/15/2019.

About Housing Authority of New Orleans

More information about Housing Authority of New Orleans can be found on its website at https://www.hano.org/. Representatives of Housing Authority of New Orleans may be available by phone at (504) 670-3300. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/16/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of New Orleans is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of New Orleans Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of New Orleans manages 17,383 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 15,514 235 906 374 297
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $738 $576 $726 $958 $626
Monthly Cost $11,452,946 $135,288 $657,909 $358,359 $185,964

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of New Orleans

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 9% having issued approximately 2,050 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 72 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $12,499 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 0% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 62% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% 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.

51% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

99% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 95% of all heads of households being Black and 3% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of New Orleans Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 74% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

19% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 30% 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 Housing Authority of New Orleans voucher holders in 2016 was $343 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $810. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $154.



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.


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