Calcasieu accepting Section 8 Housing applications through Thursday

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 7:38 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Some Lake Charles residents were among those who drove to DeQuincy Monday to line up and apply for Section 8 Housing.

The need for affordable housing reached crisis proportions in the aftermath of the hurricanes.

Monday, for the first time in four years, Calcasieu Parish began adding names to their Section 8 waiting list.

People started lining up at 6 a.m., and when the doors opened at 8 a.m., the line wrapped around the building. But the process moves quickly, so no one had to wait long.

Some here have been homeless since the hurricanes and are anxious to get housing help.

Geary Jackson is staying with a friend.

“Waiting on a FEMA trailer, I’ve never got one. So, now, I’m living with somebody else,” Jackson said. “So, I came to DeQuincy to try to have a jump on things, because I’ve been homeless for a while.”

Plus, Jackson says he has no car, is disabled, and is not tech-savvy.

“I don’t do the internet and the emails and all that stuff - if it’s not by phone, I don’t know what’s happening,” Jackson said.

Twenty-two-year-old Gabby Glass has a job but says she has not found a place she can afford.

“I looked when I first came back and rent was like sky-high,” Glass said. “And I’m like, ‘I can’t afford that at all.’”

Section 8 helps pay the rent for low-income people who are eligible.

Calcasieu Housing Inspector James DeBlanc urges property owners to consider participating in Section 8.

“You’re helping somebody directly - there’s no middleman. There’s you and your tenant,” DeBlanc said. “We’ll be paying the rent, but you can have direct contact with someone, changing someone’s life, literally, overnight.”

Though landlords may get less rent than market value, DeBlanc says the renters tend to be good tenants who stay longer. According to officials, 133 people have signed up so far.

Tuesday through Thursday they take applications at the Allen August Annex at 2000 Moeling St. in Lake Charles.

It’s from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and until noon Wednesday and Thursday.

Applicants are asked to wear a mask to enter the building.

For more information on signing up for Section 8, check the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s website.

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