Lake Charles, Louisiana Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 1,566 income based apartments in Lake Charles where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 1,051 affordable apartments in Lake Charles that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Lake Charles, Louisiana

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Lake Charles. Go to the Louisiana Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Lake Charles.

Le Jolliet

4101 5th Ave
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Affordable

Tower Oaks Apartments

222 Louie St
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted
62+

Fairview Crossing

4249 5th Ave
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Kingsley Courts

404 Cedar St
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Call For Rent
3-4 BR

La Maison Apartments

5001 Pecan Acres St
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

Louie Street Apartments

Louie And Cypress Sts
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Rent Assisted
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Whispering Hope

Griffen St At Hwy 171
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Lake Villa

645 15th St
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Rent Assisted
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Place Vendome Apartments

1900 Prejean Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Affordable

Fifth Avenue Apartments

4247 5th Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Affordable
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Affordable Housing Near Lake Charles

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Public Housing Agencies Serving Lake Charles, Louisiana

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Lake Charles Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Go to the Louisiana Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Lake Charles.

Lake Charles, Louisiana Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles features 1,566 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Lake Charles, Louisiana

There are 1,051 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Lake Charles.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Lake Charles, Louisiana

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Lake Charles landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Lake Charles.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Lake Charles, Louisiana for a two-bedroom apartment is between $885 and $1,081.

2023 Lake Charles, Louisiana Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Lake Charles, Louisiana Fair Market Rent $756 $767 $983 $1,235 $1,322
Lake Charles, Louisiana Payment Standard Range $680 to $832 $690 to $844 $885 to $1,081 $1,112 to $1,359 $1,190 to $1,454

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Lake Charles, LA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 27
Total Low Income Apartments 2,617
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,566
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.82%
Average Renter Household Size 2.34
Average Household Size 2.36
Median Household Income $36,751 ±$1,527
Median Rent $753 ±$30
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.1% ± 3.86pp
Total Population 74,190

Population and Household Demographics

Lake Charles is a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana with a population of 74,190. There are 30,141 households in the city with an average household size of 2.36 persons. 47.82% of households in Lake Charles are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lake Charles

The median gross income for households in Lake Charles is $36,751 a year, or $3,063 a month. The median rent for the city is $753 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lake Charles, a household making less than $2,510 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.1% of households who rent are overburdened in Lake Charles.

Area Median Income In Lake Charles

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Lake Charles, the AMI is calculated from all households within Calcasieu Parish.

In Lake Charles, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $75,000

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Lake Charles

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Lake Charles

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Lake Charles AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$15,200 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Lake Charles AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$25,350 $28,950 $32,550 $36,150 $39,050 $41,950 $44,850 $47,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Lake Charles AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$40,500 $46,300 $52,100 $57,850 $62,500 $67,150 $71,750 $76,400