Louisiana

  • State Data Overview

    Across Louisiana, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    182,280
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    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -105,214
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $35,074
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    69%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Brooke Schipporeit

    202.662.1530 x233 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    HousingLOUISIANA
    4640 South Carrolton Avenue, Suite 160
    New Orleans, LA 701190
    P (504) 224-8300
    Andreanecia Morris
    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email  Brooke Schipporeit  with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    There is not currently an NLIHC NHTF Point Person in Louisiana. For more information regarding NHTF advocacy in Louisiana, contact  Brooke Schipporeit  202-662-1530 ext. 233

    State Designated Entity:

    Keith Cunningham

    Executive Director

    Louisiana Housing Corporation

    225-763-8773

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Marjorianna Willman

    Director of Housing Production

    225-763-8686

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Louisiana Housing Corporation


    NHTF-specific page

    National Housing Trust Fund

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Louisiana (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Louisiana (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Louisiana and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Louisiana and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.


    CityDescriptionSource
    MonroeMonroe City will be offering COVID-19 rental and mortgage assistance. An application will be up on the city website by Friday, May 8, for rental and mortgage assistance.https://tinyurl.com/yc5emfl7
    New OrleansThe Mayor's Office of Community Development has partnered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Total Community Action and New Orleans Family Justice Alliance to provide immediate financial and legal assistance for homelessness prevention which includes rental assistance and foreclosure mitigation. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people. They can provide legal assistance for landlord-tenant issues and much more.The program will begin with $500,000 which may be increased as more funding becomes available. The fund is expected to serve approximately 600 households with an average grant amount of $750 per household and is expected to last for 90 days or until such time that the funding is exhausted.

    https://tinyurl.com/y873c56k

    https://slls.org/covid-19/

    New OrleansGov. John Bel Edwards announced that the State has committed $10,382,000 in community development block grant (CDBG) funds to the City of New Orleans for affordable housing. New Orleans will provide rental and utility assistance to low income households that have been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. The rental assistance grant is based on the tenant’s ability to pay and the amount of funds needed to bring the account current.https://tinyurl.com/y74wr8f3

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    Shreveport, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Monroe, and several other Louisiana cities have decided to spend CARES Act funding on both businesses and housing. Lafayette’s Mayor-President Josh Guillory, however, proposed using all of the city's CARES Act funding on small businesses, drawing criticism from housing advocates. Lafayette’s city and parish councils approved the mayor-president’s plan, but Guillory committed to spending at least $200,000 of the city’s annual HUD appropriation toward rent and utility assistance.

    Two encampments in East Baton Rouge were cleared after their residents were moved to local motels.

    Housing advocates praised Governor John Bel Edwards’ decision to extend the state’s eviction moratorium until June 5, but argue that Louisiana should extend the moratorium until August 24, which is when the federal moratorium outlined in the CARES Act expires.


    The Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana are among the nearly 40 groups that submitted a letter urging the First City Court and Second City Court judges to continue the eviction moratorium until August 24. The temporary halt on evictions could end May 1 in New Orleans if local courts decide to reopen. Read more here.

    New Orleans

    A program to provide hotel rooms for people experiencing homelessness who had been living at an encampment in New Orleans will be extended. Nearly 200 people have been given shelter in two hotels since state and city officials began the 30-day hotel program after discovering a rodent infestation at the New Orleans encampment.


    A report issued by HousingNOLA and the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance found that New Orleans fell short of the affordable housing goals it set in 2016. The ongoing shortage of affordable housing in New Orleans is being exacerbated by COVID-19, which is contributing to widespread housing insecurity and unaffordability.

    The Washington Post discusses New Orleans’ project of moving people experiencing homelessness into hotels. The project is overseen by state and local entities, including the New Orleans Office of Community and Economic Development and the Louisiana Housing Corporation.

    New Orleans officials are finalizing plans to move individuals experiencing homelessness out of encampments and into a downtown hotel. Many of the individuals are residents of encampments targeted by city officials for cleaning operations in which multiple residents lost all their belongings.

    In New Orleans, while some property owners are working with tenants who can’t pay rent, other landlords are threatening eviction and using other tactics to bully tenants.

    In New Orleans, housing nearly 200 homeless people, many struggling with mental illness and substance abuse, in a single hotel has been an enormous challenge. But in addition to providing safety and stability in the face of COVID, many individuals who are experiencing homelessness are seeing a range of positive benefits. 

    No information at this time.

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb