About Housing Authority of Rapides Parish

The Housing Authority of Rapides Parish is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Boyce, Louisiana.

The Housing Authority of Rapides Parish serves the state of Louisiana.

Housing Authority of Rapides Parish Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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.

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Last Updated on 09/11/2015.


About the Housing Authority of Rapides Parish Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of Rapides Parish manages 366 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 258 2 106
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $319 $487 $297
Monthly Cost $82,429 $974 $31,517

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Rapides Parish

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 29% having issued approximately 12 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 3 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $13,507 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 55% were extremely low income (ELI). 45% 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 53% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

10% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 14% 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.

55% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 51% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

83% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 82% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Rapides Parish Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Rapides Parish voucher holders in 2016 was $310 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $487. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $77.



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.