Benton Harbor Housing Commission
721 Nate Wells Drive Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022

269-927-3546

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Benton Harbor Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 6 projects which contain 370 affordable rental units. It also administers 201 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Benton Harbor Housing Commission is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Benton Harbor Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (65%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (35%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Benton Harbor 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, Benton Harbor Housing Commission scored an average of 86 points. The housing authority had a high score of 104 in 2009 and a low score of 67 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Benton Harbor 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Benton Harbor Housing Commission manages 4 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 74. The scores for properties managed by Benton Harbor Housing Commission range from a high of 97 to a low of 56.

The highest scoring property in the Benton Harbor Housing Commission portfolio is Harbor Bluff and the lowest scoring property is Harbor Towers.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 50% of properties managed by Benton Harbor Housing Commission have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Benton Harbor Housing Commission owns and manages 370 public housing units in 6 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Benton Harbor Housing Commission is $284.00 compared to the state average of $294.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of Michigan ranges from a low of $198.00 to a high of $462.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

Waiting List Status:


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.

6

Public Housing Projects

370

Public Housing Units

201

Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Small (50 - 249)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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