- 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.KeyFacts182,280Or30%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-105,214Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$36,356Annual 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
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]
- Housing Trust FundHTF 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.Current Year HTF Allocation
$3,000,000HTF State Resources
Fall HTF/HOME NOFA (PDF)
HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)
2018 Fall HTF/HOME NOFA (PDF)
2016NLIHC 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. 23311 MB
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
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
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
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- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
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.
City Description Source Monroe Monroe 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 Orleans The 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. New Orleans Gov. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 16COVID-19 Resources Other
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