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Data Analysis


About HousingLOUISIANA's Fact Sheet

Every year, before to the Legislative Session, HousingLOUISIANA compiles data from the American Communities Survey for the annual Listening Tour.

The fact sheet presents vital information about the state of housing in Louisiana. It takes into account affordability, prior investments, COVID-19 housing needs, homelessness, energy efficiency, and the population of households in each parish.

We at HousingLOUISIANA believe that safe, stable, and affordable housing is a human right.

Regional Fact Sheets

Alexandria Region

Baton Rouge Region

Houma/Thibodaux Region

Lafayette Region

Lake Charles Region

Monroe Region

New Orleans

Northshore Region




Out of Reach Report

The Out of Reach documents the significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing across the United States. The report’s central statistic, the Housing Wage, is an estimate of the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home at HUD’s fair market rent (FMR) without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs, the accepted standard for affordability.


GAP Report

The GAP report examines the American Community Survey (ACS) to determine the availability of rental homes affordable to extremely low-income households – those with incomes at or below the poverty line or 30% of the area median income (AMI), whichever is greater – and other income groups.

National Shortage of Affordable Rental Housing

The U.S. has a shortage of 7.3 million rental homes affordable and available to renters with extremely low incomes – that is, incomes at or below either the federal poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income, whichever is greater. Only 33 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. Extremely low-income renters face a shortage in every state and major metropolitan area. Among states, the supply of affordable and available rental homes ranges from 17 affordable and available homes for every 100 extremely low-income renter households in Nevada to 58 in South Dakota. In 12 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, the absolute shortage of affordable and available homes for extremely low-income renters exceeds 100,000 units.