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Affordable Housing In Westlake
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

5 Low Income Apartment Communities In Westlake

Westlake Manor Apartments

1801 Gandy St
Westlake, Louisiana

Westlake Homes

2402 Fox Run Rd
Westlake, Louisiana

Westlake Elderly Housing

1109 Garden Dr
Westlake, Louisiana

Westlake II Housing

2106 Walker Dr
Westlake, Louisiana

Westlake Plaza Apts

1411 Clarence St
Westlake, Louisiana
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Housing Authorities that serve Westlake

Housing Authority Programs
Calcasieu Parish Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Westlake, Louisiana

There are 5 low income housing apartment communities offering 147 affordable apartments for rent in Westlake, Louisiana.

Income Based Apartments in Westlake, Louisiana

Westlake features 32 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 Westlake, Louisiana

There are 115 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Westlake.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Westlake, Louisiana

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Westlake landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Westlake.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Westlake, Louisiana for a two-bedroom apartment is between $782 and $956.

2021 Westlake, 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
Westlake, Louisiana Fair Market Rent $650 $674 $869 $1,092 $1,260
Westlake, Louisiana Payment Standard Range $585 to $715 $607 to $741 $782 to $956 $983 to $1,201 $1,134 to $1,386

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Westlake, LA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 5
Total Low Income Apartments 147
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 32
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 25.55%
Average Renter Household Size 2.02
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $49,750 ±$16,270
Median Rent $646 ±$195
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 34.84% ± 18.53pp
Total Population 4,606

Population and Household Demographics

Westlake is a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana with a population of 4,606. There are 1,910 households in the city with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 25.55% of households in Westlake are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Westlake

The median gross income for households in Westlake is $49,750 a year, or $4,146 a month. The median rent for the city is $646 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Westlake, a household making less than $2,153 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 34.84% of households who rent are overburdened in Westlake.

Area Median Income In Westlake

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 Westlake, the AMI is calculated from all households within Calcasieu Parish.

In Westlake, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,400

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 Westlake

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 Westlake

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Westlake AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$13,600 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $42,750
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Westlake AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$22,650 $25,900 $29,150 $32,350 $34,950 $37,550 $40,150 $42,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Westlake AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$36,250 $41,400 $46,600 $51,750 $55,900 $60,050 $64,200 $68,350