Louisiana Housing Corporation Launches 2022 Housing Heroes Initiative

April 26, 2022

In response to natural disasters and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Office of the Governor, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) implemented the Housing Heroes Initiative. This initiative is a collaborative approach that works to identify move-in ready apartment and rental housing opportunities across the state. It promotes an inclusive strategy to identify and assess readiness critical to the state's on-going recovery.


LHC and Continuums of Care across the state have temporarily housed more than 1,200 individuals experiencing homelessness in hotels across the state, and approximately 350 continue to seek permanent housing solutions. The aim is to provide affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families that have been displaced by hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic. LHC seeks landlords and property owners in the parishes affected by natural disasters to target viable housing units. Housing Heroes will utilize outreach tools such as the media, statewide associations, chambers of commerce, and state and local governments to appeal to single and multi-family landlords with affordable rental units. The Housing Heroes initiative will allow for immediate access to properties ready for occupancy. To post or update any available vacancies, landlords and property owners can visit or dial 1-877-428-8844 (toll-free).

This year marks a new tradition as LHC and Governor John Bel Edwards presented the inaugural V. Jean Butler Housing Heroes, recognizing organizations that have made a difference in housing in Louisiana. Named after V. Jean Butlerthe former President and Vice President of the original housing and finance agency that birthed the LHC, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA). She served on the Mayor’s Task force for Housing, Vice Chair of the Louisiana Interagency Action Council for the Homeless, and on the board of the Louisiana Association of HUD Managing Agents. Ms. Butler’s work helped establish programs like LHC’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Housing Development Grant Program (HODAG), giving structure to today’s LHC housing initiatives. V. Jean Butler has been the embodiment of a Housing Hero, through her work advocating for state housing policy and design. The inaugural V. Jean Butler Housing Heroes recently honored at LHC headquarters are UNITY of Greater New Orleans, Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter and Inner-City Revitalization Corporation.

The purpose of the LHC is to substantially increase the availability of affordable, accessible, and safe residential housing in Louisiana. The LHC was created in 2011 when the Louisiana Legislature merged the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency with housing programs from other state agencies to streamline how the state would address its housing needs, avoid duplication of efforts, and improve service to the general public. The LHC administers federal and state funds through programs designed to advance the development of energy efficient and affordable housing for low and moderate income families, drives housing policy for Louisiana, and oversees the state’s Disaster Housing Task Force.

Visit to learn more about LHC’s great work. For additional information or comments, contact the LHC Office of Public Affairs at Watch the 2022 Housing Hero Honors. More about the 2022 Housing Heroes Initiative.

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