The Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish (HAJP) is chartered as a political subdivision under the laws of the State o Louisiana (LSA-R.S. 40:391). The HAJP was created to promote decent, safe and sanitary housing for lower-income families that cannot afford standard private housing. The HAJP is empowered to undertake all activities necessary to accomplish this public purpose, including acquiring property, developing housing, issuing tax-exempt bonds, entering into mortgages, trust indentures, leases, condemning property, borrowing money accepting grants, and managing property.
While enabled under State law, the HAJP is governed by a local board and is principally funded by the Federal government. The HAJP is separate and distinct from the Jefferson Parish Government and from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The HAJP is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners. Seven members of the Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Parish Council, one member is appointed by the Parish President and one member is elected from among the residents of the Marrero Tenants Association. The HAJP was established on April 16, 1953 pursuant to a resolution of the Police Jury of Jefferson Parish.
HAJP administers over 4,700 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and owns and manages 200 Conventional Public Housing units.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
HAJP offers a variety of housing opportunities for people in need.
Homeownership Program allows first-time homeowners participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program to use the monthly subsidy to meet their monthly homeownership expenses (i.e. mortgage payments, utilities, maintenance and upkeep of the property).
The Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish manages 200 Conventional Public Housing units. Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
SECTION 8 VOUCHERS
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program increases affordable housing choices for very low-income households by allowing families to choose privately owned rental housing. The Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish (HAJP) issues a voucher to an income-qualified household, which then finds a unit to rent. If the unit meets the Section 8 housing quality standards (HQS), HAJP then pays the landlord the amount equal to the difference between 30 percent of the tenant’s adjusted income (or 10 percent of the gross income or the portion of welfare assistance designated for housing) and the payment standard for the area, which is currently 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR). In all instances, the rent must be reasonable and comparable to similar units on the open market.