The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this flyer to provide Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) participants with important information and resources about paying rent during the national emergency concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the suspension of evictions about? Evictions for nonpayment of rent, and charges/fees for nonpayment of rent, have been temporarily suspended. This applies to all HUD-assisted participants from July 24, 20201 until the order is resended. Although your Public Housing Authority’s (PHA) Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policies (ACOP) and/or Administrative Plan may not be updated, please be aware that the suspension of evictions for nonpayment of rent is in place.

Having trouble making rent?
• Voucher and public housing participants: If you lost your job or had a significant loss of income, request an interim reexamination with the housing authority as soon as possible. Your rent can be adjusted to reflect the change in income or you may be eligible for a financial hardship exemption. Your housing authority may also know about other local resources.

• Voucher participants only: Contact your landlord right away. Reach out early to discuss potential payment plans or accommodations. Due to loss in income and the resulting interim reexamination, your rent adjustment may be retroactive. Confirm with the PHA and your landlord whether you will receive a credit for the previous month.

What else should you know?

• Rent is still due during this time period and will accumulate if unpaid.

• If you are behind on rent after the suspension of evictions expire: Voucher participants need to negotiate directly with your landlord to determine requirements to repay unpaid rent. Otherwise, your landlord could file an eviction. Public housing participants need to work with the PHA to pay unpaid rent in a lump sum or set up a repayment agreement. Otherwise, your assistance could be terminated and/or the PHA could file an eviction.

• The PHA or your landlord can still terminate assistance and evict for drug abuse, criminal activity, lease violations, fraud, repeated minor violations, other good cause, etc.

• HUD does not intervene or participate in eviction proceedings. If you feel you are being wrongfully evicted, contact your local legal aid organization or social service agencies. If you are a Voucher participant, you may also contact your local PHA.

PLEASE NOTE: The MCHA will hold a Public Hearing on April 16th at the MLK Center in Brownell Homes regarding the required establishment of flat rent rates at no less than 80% of Fair Market Rent recently signed in to law.

In an effort to comply with HUD recommendation in regards to incresing the flat rents and late charges the MCHA will follow the attached guidelines.

Beginning June 1, 2019 (phase 3 of 4)  each bedroom size flat rent will be increased by 25% of the highest previous flat rent

1 bedroom flat rent was $363.15 increasing to $480.00
2 bedroom flat rent was $432.00 increasing to $594.00
3 bedroom flat rent was $517.05 increasing to $787.00
4 bedroom flat rent was $567.00 increasing to $959.00

Late fee: If the tenant fails to make payment by the 5th of the month, a late of $20.00 will be charged. After the 10th of the month, an additional $20.00 fee will be charged bring the total late fee charged for the month to $40.00.

These changes were mandated by Resolution #2019-220

The Morgan City Housing Authority is the largest public housing authority in St. Mary Parish. As such, the MCHA houses approximately 3 percent of the city's residents through its programs.

public_housing_webpage_artIn addition to providing conventional public housing, the MCHA also provides affordable housing through the administration of several rental assistance programs. These programs include the federal Section 8 Voucher Program, as well as the state funded  Rental Voucher Program that is overseen by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

The MCHA's state and federal portfolio and rental assistance programs in Louisiana. To learn about the application process, click here.

The Morgan City Housing Authority is placing STOVE TOP FIRE STOP devices in its units. These safety devices are being placed in the range hood top. The STOVE TOP FIRE STOP will ignite when the fire reaches the device. The MCHA Maintenance Staff will check to make sure the devices are in the proper location upon entering the units for work orders and inspections. If a resident removes the device they will be FINED. If you have any questions about the STOVE TOP FIRE STOP device please feel free to call the Morgan City HOusing Authority office.

Public Housing Benefits

A resident's rent in the public housing program is subsidized by the federal government. Applicants to the public housing program must be income eligible and residents must adhere to program rules.

Mission Statement

equalhousingTo promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.

What's New

The daily operation of the Morgan City Housing Authroity has changed effective April 1, 2020. Due to the recent increase in cases of the Coronavirus in St. Mary Parish our agency day to day operations will be changing. Our staff will be on site from 7:30am to 12 noon taking calls and scheduling work orders. From 1pm to 4:30pm we will be working remote. Please understand that we will handle all calls, questions and general work orders in a timely manner.

We are taking the necessary precautions in following the “Stay at Home” directive as per Governor Edwards to try reduce the spread of the virus. We are asking all residents of the Morgan City Housing Authority to please practice social distancing and no family gatherings in these trying times.

Thank you,

Clarence Robinson, Jr./Exec. Director
Morgan City Housing Authority