Baldwin Housing Commission
105 Fournier Drive
Baldwin, Lake County, MI

231-745-7441

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

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

The Baldwin Housing Commission (BHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

Baldwin, MI is about 70 miles north of Grand Rapids, MI.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the BHC to pick up an application, located at 105 Fournier Dr., Baldwin, MI 49304 during normal office hours.
  2. Request to have an application mailed to you by calling (231) 745-7441 during normal office hours.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The BHC does not have a preference. 

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

The BHC expects applicants to wait about a year to receive a voucher.

For more information, call the BHC office at (231) 745-7441 during normal office hours.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

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

The Baldwin Housing Commission (BHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The BHC offers once Public Housing community with 86 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the BHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 105 Fournier Dr., Baldwin, MI 49304, during normal office hours.
  2. Request to have a pre-application mailed to you by calling (231) 745-7441 during normal office hours.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: Birth certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

The BHC does not have a preference. 

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

For more information, call the BHC office at (231) 745-7441 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Baldwin Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 86 affordable rental units. It also administers 180 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Baldwin 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 Baldwin Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (32%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (68%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Baldwin 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 (hud.gov, 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, Baldwin Housing Commission scored an average of 96 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2002 and a low score of 83 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Baldwin 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 (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 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 Baldwin Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 8/23/10 Plan
2008 11/10/08 Plan
2007 9/19/07 Plan
2006 8/17/06 Plan
2005 10/1/05 Plan
2004 8/20/04 Plan
2003 9/5/03 Plan
2002 10/30/02 Plan
2001 9/20/01 Plan
2000 2/16/01 Plan