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Resident Stories

The Lafayette Housing Authority (LHA) is a pillar within the community, providing housing for more than 2,500 families throughout Lafayette and Vermillion Parishes. We have recently experienced transformative change in our pursuit to instill hope, create opportunity, and cultivate success both internally and externally.  LHA has demonstrated a new standard of excellence by housing more families than those housed in its previous 2 years and reinstating its Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program after 9 years for both Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher S8 Program participants. We are proud that the one constant and core value of the LHA, continues to be encouraging and elevating the families we serve. Below are some of LHA’s residents’ personal journeys that remind us of the value of having a place to call home.  

Yvonda Bean, Executive Director/CEO

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“Before moving into the C.O. housing development, I was living with my brother. It was ok, but nothing compares to having your own space. I enjoy living here, it’s affordable, clean and comfortable. The people here are great and the staff treats me well. I am excited to have a sense of independence and an improved quality of life. I am gaining great experiences being a part of the Resident Council, I now feel like I belong to a bigger purpose.” - Thelma Broussard


“The LHA provides me a place that I can call home and its economical for me financially. If my home is need of repairs, the team responds in a timely manner and are very efficient. My neighborhood is quiet and being a disabled person that is extremely important to me. As the president of the Resident Council, I enjoy meeting new people and being a difference maker. Seeing the kids smile when we host events like the Christmas Bike Drive or the Father’s Day Celebration, always warms my heart. I will be forever grateful to the LHA for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something great!” - Leshia Carter


“I am thankful for the LHA being there for me through a trying time in my life. I have been a resident for 18 years. Life has a way of providing unexpected situations which is exactly what I went through a few years back. I was working and ended up having to stop and have surgery. There were some complications with my surgery and I ended up in a coma for over a month. The LHA worked with my family to ensure that I would have a home to come back to. I am now disabled but still able to maintain my independence which is truly a blessing.” - Shelia Davis


“My mom has always been my biggest supporter. She helped me apply for housing because she knew that I wanted to be independent. It was difficult for me living with my parents. My mom always said that my dad and I were like two rams, always butting heads. Although I love my dad, I needed to be living on my own. 2 months after my mom passed away, I got the call that there was an apartment available for me to rent. I don’t know where I would be if housing wasn’t available for me. I am grateful to my mom for making sure that I reached my goal of independence.” - Sidney Forestier