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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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    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
    $36,356
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
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    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.

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    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

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  • 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). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    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.

    Advocates report the number of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in New Orleans has exploded over the last several months, including a growing number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time. 

    Updated on September 10, 2020.


    The Wall Street Journal reports that local advocates and officials in New Orleans are bracing for a sharp rise in evictions since the state’s ban on eviction expired in June and the grace period for the federal eviction moratorium expired August 24. Given the limited public resources and overwhelming need for assistance, Mayor LaToya Cantrell is asking the public to donate funds for tenants who cannot pay their rent.

    Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city is bracing for a tsunami of evictions caused by the pandemic. New Orleans renters face a dangerous combination of low incomes, expensive housing costs, weak tenant rights, and a housing supply that is crumbling. Making matters worse, Hurricane Laura threatened to flood the city again.

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    First City Court Clerk Austin Badon is bracing for a surge of eviction filings in New Orleans starting August 25, when the 30-day notice ends since the CARES Act expired. “I’ve had one resident agent who already put us on notice that he’s bringing 250 evictions, so I’m going to extend hours,” said Badon.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.


    Hundreds of protesters demanding a halt to evictions blocked the entrances to the building that houses the main eviction court for the east bank of New Orleans on July 30. The protest, organized by the New Orleans Renters Rights Assembly, called on officials to stop all court evictions or provide adequate rental assistance.

    Louisiana faced a significant affordable housing crisis before the pandemic, and advocates are concerned about a potential wave of evictions and rise in homelessness. The Louisiana Housing Corporation’s rental assistance program was suspended after four days due to receiving an overwhelming number of applications. Housing Louisiana estimates that at least $250 million is needed to help tenants stay stably housed. 

    New Orleans' COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program began accepting applications on July 27. Funding is limited and will only be available for members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated vulnerable populations. 

    Updated on August 4, 2020.


    After just four days, Louisiana had to shut down the $24 million COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program after it was inundated with applicants seeking aid. According to the Louisiana Housing Corporation, the program was expected to help about 10,000 residents, but after receiving four times as many applications, it had to be suspended.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    An analysis recently released by the Center for Planning Excellence of Baton Rouge and Urban Footprint found that Louisiana ranks third in the nation for having a high risk for evictions due to pandemic-related job losses. Advocates warn that if Congress does not pass the “Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020,” the state will see a surge of evictions and a rise in homelessness.

    Updated on July 7, 2020.


    Fair housing advocates in Louisiana fear there will be an avalanche of evictions, placing people at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus. “It is likely that we will be sending people into crowded courtrooms for eviction procedures, putting people at risk of going into crowded homeless shelters, which really could spark a second way of infections,” said Cashuana Hill, executive director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.


    HousingNOLA, an NLIHC state partner, announced the launch of a COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Pilot Program, which provides temporary housing and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity amid the pandemic. “It’s been heartening and tremendously impressive to see all the ways our partners are stepping into this challenging time with programs to keep people stably housed and provide supportive services,” said NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    The director of the Acadiana Regional Coalition for Homelessness and Housing is concerned about a rise in homelessness as Louisiana's eviction moratorium and the federal moratorium expires in the coming months. 

    The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center has COVID-19 housing resources translated into EnglishSpanish, and Vietnamese

    Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) announced that Baton Rouge will receive $1.65 million in Emergency Solutions Grants - Coronavirus (ESG-CV) funding to support people experiencing homelessness. Louisiana received nearly $21 million in ESG-CV funding.

    The city of Monroe allocated approximately $436,000 in Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding to a small business assistance program and an emergency rental/mortgage assistance program. The city has received over 100 requests for small business assistance and over 450 applications for rental and mortgage assistance. The director of Monroe’s Planning and Urban Development said that if the HEROES Act is passed, the city may receive additional funds that would allow it to reopen the assistance programs.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    HousingNOLA, an NLIHC state partner, launched the COVID-19 Short Term Rental Pilot Program that provides temporary housing and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity during the pandemic.


    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.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


     Hundreds of renters in New Orleans have received eviction notices this summer due to unpaid rent—and local advocates and officials expect the worst has yet to come, right as hurricane season gets under way. With limited public funds on hand, the mayor of New Orleans is asking the public to donate money through Givebutter.com, a website often used by college students for funding charity causes, to raise money for tenants who can’t pay their rent. First City Court Clerk Austin Badon is bracing for a surge of eviction filings in New Orleans starting August 25, when the 30-day notice ends since the CARES Act expired. “I’ve had one resident agent who already put us on notice that he’s bringing 250 evictions, so I’m going to extend hours,” said Badon.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.

    Fifty-six percent of Louisiana renters cannot pay their full rent and are at risk of eviction. As a result, as of July 26, landlords can start the eviction process against renters unable to pay their rents as a result of the pandemic. Advocates say that local eviction courts immediately saw numerous landlords move to evict residents. “They’ve already started putting people on the street,” Cashauna Hill, executive director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, said. “Eviction is absolutely terrifying for people who are struggling. We’re hearing from many tenants who are concerned, who are fearful of being evicted.”

    Updated: August 12


    Governor's executive order halting eviction hearings (but not filings or enforcement) expired June 15. Eviction cases are being conducted in person and remotely. 

    Updated: July 31


    In the third week of July, 35.5% of adults in Louisiana reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over a quarter of a million renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    The Louisiana Housing Corporation created an emergency housing assistance fund for which 40,000 people applied for 10,000 spots. Another local nonprofit estimates $250 million is needed to keep tenants housed.  

    Updated: July 29


    According to a weekly Census survey, in the first week of July  186, 621 renters in Louisiana reported they had not paid their June rent, with an additional 44,122 indicating they had deferred their June rent payment. The Center for Planning Excellence and UrbanFootprint estimate that Louisianans are the third most vulnerable to eviction in the nation once the supplement federal unemployment payments end

    Updated: July 16

    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