More than 20,000 people are waiting for housing in EBR Parish
POSTED: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:19pm
BATON ROUGE (WVLA) -- New numbers out from the EBR Parish Housing Authority reveal a big need for housing assistance in the Capital area.
Six months ago, there were around 1100 people waiting for housing.
Now that the parish started taking applications again, that number is up to 20,000.
Officials say, there's just not enough money to help everyone.
"We're surprised that the numbers are as high as they are," said Richard Murray, Director of EBR Parish Housing Authority.
"I guess that reveals that there is a huge demand for affordable housing in our area."
Murray and his staff are working to process all the applications, but he says, there aren't enough vouchers to go around.
That means applicants could wait years before they get the help they need.
"It would probably take at least 10 years before your name would eventually come up to the top of the waiting list," Murray said.
The waiting list will close Sept. 17th.