About Lafourche Parish Housing Authority

The Lafourche Parish Housing Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Raceland, Louisiana.

The Lafourche Parish Housing Authority serves Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux, Raceland and Lockport.


About the Lafourche Parish Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Lafourche Parish Housing Authority manages 219 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 216 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $441 $793
Monthly Cost $95,357 $2,380

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Lafourche Parish Housing Authority

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 19% having issued approximately 12 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 3 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,160 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% 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 78% 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, 39% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

44% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 95% of all households were headed by a female.

55% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 51% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Lafourche Parish Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 38% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

29% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 45% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Lafourche Parish Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $283 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $508. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $104.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Lafourche Parish Housing Authority

102 Trueman Cir
Sweetwater Estates is a 48 unit low income housing apartment community in Thibodaux.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Thibodaux.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME
5604 W Main
Tarpone Heights Apartments is a 48 unit low income housing apartment community in Galliano.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Galliano.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1002 Plantation Rd
Willow Wood Manor is a 64 unit low income housing apartment community in Thibodaux.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Thibodaux.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Section 515 Rural Rental Housing