Alma Housing Commission
400 E Warwick Drive
Alma, Gratiot County, MI


Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Alma Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Alma Housing Commission Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 7th, 2015.

The Alma Housing Commission (AHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applciations for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The AHC offers one Public Housing community with 94 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply: 
1. Visit the AHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 400 E. Warwick Dr., Alma, MI 48801; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
2. Download the pre-application here, then print and complete.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

Be sure to include copies of documentation for any preferences that are being claimed.

The AHC does have a preference for: Applicants that live and/or work in Alma, veteran, working family, involuntarily displaced, substandard housing, rent burden.

More information can be found by visiting the AHC website, or by calling (989) 463-4200 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:30 until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Alma Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 94 affordable rental units. It also administers 64 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Alma Housing Commission is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Alma Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (59%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (41%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Alma Housing Commission has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Michigan.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Alma Housing Commission scored an average of 92 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 56 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Alma Housing Commission has an average score that is more than the average Michigan housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Alma Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 2/1/10 Plan
2009 2/6/09 Plan
2008 6/13/08 Plan
2007 12/28/06 Plan
2006 11/22/05 Plan
2005 12/20/04 Plan
2004 5/21/04 Plan
2003 1/17/03 Plan
2002 2/13/02 Plan
2001 2/20/01 Plan
2000 5/23/00 Plan