Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s major program for assisting extremely-low and very-low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. The participant is free to choose any housing in the private market that meets the requirements of the programs.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority (EBRPHA) receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Housing Authority. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the EBRPHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
Our Affordable Housing Communities
The conventional public housing program provides rental assistance to low-income and moderate-income families and individuals. Our Public Housing Program is comprised of multifamily units or apartments that are owned, operated and maintained by EBRPHA. Presently, there are fourteen (14) Public Housing development sites containing 1,153 units. Three of these sites have special accommodations to house elderly, handicapped and disabled families.
Development sites are located throughout the Baton Rouge community, and most are on city bus routes, within walking distance of retail centers, and community parks. Family complexes are situated on spacious grounds, providing a safe playground for children. Apartment community sizes ranges from 29 units atDuane Street to 189 units at Turner Plaza. Most complexes offer laundry facilities. All units have oven/range and refrigerator/freezers. On-site community centers offer links with local service agencies that provide recreational and educational activities for residents of all ages.
Other Housing Opportunities
We believe in community in the truest sense – not just a group of people in the same place, but a network of people living, serving, and growing together as one. Each of our communities strives to provide this in its own way through public green space, pathways, community centers, and more. Learn more about these communities below.