Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Lake Charles, LA

Discover affordable housing in Lake Charles where there are 28+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Fairview Crossing

4249 5th Ave , Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

Tower Oaks Apartments

222 Louie St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Ridge at Lake Charles I & II

5140 Weaver Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

Kingsley Courts

404 Cedar St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Place Vendome Apartments

1900 Prejean Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

Louie Street Apartments

Louie And Cypress Sts, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Whispering Hope

Griffen St At Hwy 171, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Fifth Avenue Apartments

4247 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

Hathaway Apartments

145 Hathaway St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

Lake Villa

645 15th St , Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

The Park at Winterhalter I & II

1944 Winterhalter St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Lake Caroline Homes

4499 Lake Caroline Dr, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615

Quinn Court Louise Landing

2506 Ruth St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Chateau Du Lac

333 Mill St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Villages of Lake Charles

661 Dixy Dr, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Le Jolliet

4101 5th Ave, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

Whispering Pines Apartments

4451 5th Ave Near Mcneese St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 71058

Valley View Apartments

4401 5th Ave, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

St Charles Place

1011 18th St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

Fifth Avenue Apartments

4200 5th Ave, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Lake Charles, Louisiana
$13.20 (+182%) more than Louisiana minimum wage and $13.20 (+182%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Go to the Louisiana Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Lake Charles.

How many renters live in Lake Charles, Louisiana?

The City of Lake Charles has 79,106 people living in 32,463 households.

There are 35,172 renters living in 14,313 renter households in this City. Renters make up 44.46 percent of the population living in Lake Charles.

What is the rental market like in Lake Charles, Louisiana?

There are an estimated 39,628 housing units in the Lake Charles area. Of these, 15,332 units are rental homes, making up 39 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Lake Charles, Louisiana, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Lake Charles?

The rental vacancy rate in Lake Charles is 9 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Lake Charles for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Lake Charles
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
408 2,845 5,833 3,448 988
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Lake Charles

A large number of apartments in Lake Charles have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Lake Charles are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 45 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 25 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Lake Charles

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $835 to $1,438. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $835
One BR $840
Two BR $1,080
Three BR $1,333
Four BR $1,438
2024 Fair Market Rents in Lake Charles, Louisiana

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Lake Charles?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 119 29 percent
One BR 1,534 54 percent
Two BR 2,817 48 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Lake Charles, Louisiana

How many affordable rental units are in Lake Charles?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Lake Charles, Louisiana including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 2,423
Public Housing 297
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 648
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance 70
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 42
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 60
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles features 1,203 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 1,367 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 $972 and $1,188.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.