Detroit Housing Commission
1301 E. Jefferson
Detroit, Wayne County, MI

313-877-8000 http://www.dhcmi.org/default.aspx

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for about two weeks in March 2015. It is not known when the waiting list will reopen.


Pre-applications were accepted online only between March 2nd, 2015 and March 15th, 2015.

The opening assisted eligible households in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair Counties. 

The DHC placed 7,000 names on the waiting list within 60 days of the end of the application period. Names were selected via random lottery. This was not a first come first served application.

The DHC will only communicate with applicants through email

Preferences for this opening included:
  • Families terminated from the HCV Program due to insufficient funding
  • Families displaced by natural disaster or government action
  • Families with earned income.
An extensive FAQ was provided by the DHC at http://www.dhcmi.org/uploads/page/Voucher_Waiting_List_FAQ.pdf


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenClosed

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Public Housing pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.


The DHC currently has 8 communities that are open for public housing pre-applications:
  • Forest Park Place is a 96 unit one bedroom community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, located at 1331 East Canfield, Detroit, MI 48207. To reach this community, call (313) 833-3590 during normal office hours.
  • Riverbend Towers is a 95 unit one and two bedroom community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, located at 4386 Conner, Detroit, MI 48215. To reach this community, call (313) 926-8051 during normal office hours.
  • Sheridan Place I and II is a 403 unit community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, located at 7501 and 7601 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214. To reach this community, call (313) 823-7927 during normal office hours.
  • The Village of Woodbridge Manor is a community dedicated to elderly/disabled individuals, located at 1300 Martin Luther King Dr., Detroit, MI 48201. To reach this community, call (313) 494-9000 during normal office hours.
  • The Villages at Parkside II and IV is a 339 unit community, located at 5000 Conner St., Detroit, MI 48213, that is currently accepting applications for 2 and 3 bedroom units. To reach this community, call (313) 822-1477 during normal office hours.
  • Warren West Apartments is a community with 143 units dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, located at 4100 West Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48210. To reach this community, call (313) 224-4292 during normal office hours.
  • Woodbridge Senior Village is a community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, located at 3521 John C. Lodge Service Dr., Detroit, MI 48201. To reach this community, call (313) 831-4906, during normal office hours.
  • Forest Park/Diggs are communities that offer senior/disabled units, located at 1331 East Canfield St., Detroit, MI  48207. Diggs is currently accepting pre-applications for 4 to 6 bedroom units. To reach these communities, call (313) 833-3590 during normal office hours.
To apply, visit on of the management offices listed above to submit a pre-application during normal office hours.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: Photo IDs for all adult household members, Social Security Cards, and birth certificates.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call one of the communities listed above during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Detroit Housing Commission operates 3,726 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Detroit Housing Commission public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 50% 1 bedroom apartments, 22% 2 bedroom apartments, 22% 3 bedroom apartments, 6% 4 bedroom apartments and 1% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Detroit Housing Commission’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 3,207 out of a total 3,726 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 13.93%.

Family Type

Of the 2,647 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 388 (14.66%) were elderly, 2,259 (85.34%) were non-elderly, 1161 (43.86%) were disabled, 1,198 (45.26%) contained children and 1,151 (43.48%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Detroit Housing Commission's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Detroit Housing Commission’s public housing developments is $274.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $162. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $201. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $401. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $228.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Detroit Housing Commission portfolio, 98% of households identified as Black, 1% identified as White, and 1% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Detroit Housing Commission properties, 2,407 were Extremely Low Income, 386 were Very Low Income, 70 were Low Income and 15 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Detroit Housing Commission properties is $10,567. Of all public housing residents, 4% have no income and 5% earn more than $25,000 while 91% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Detroit Housing Commission public housing 27% have wage income, 34% have welfare income, 59% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 22% have other income and 2% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 3,195 households containing 6,433 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 45.26% of households included children. Across all household members in Detroit Housing Commission public houins units 13.2% are aged zero to five and 26.4% are aged 6 to 17.

15% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 45.4% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Detroit Housing Commission public housing communities. 22.69% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 12.83% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 64.48% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Detroit Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 48 projects which contain 4,207 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,372 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Detroit Housing Commission is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Detroit Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (40%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (60%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Detroit 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, Detroit Housing Commission scored an average of 58 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 77 in 2003 and a low score of 39 in 2004. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Detroit Housing Commission has an average score that is less 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.

Detroit Housing Commission manages 23 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 59. The scores for properties managed by Detroit Housing Commission range from a high of 95 to a low of 0.

The highest scoring property in the Detroit Housing Commission portfolio is Woodbridge IV and the lowest scoring property is Frederick Douglass.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 52% of properties managed by Detroit Housing Commission have a passing score.

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

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 Detroit Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/29/12 Plan
2011 11/22/11 Plan
2010 6/30/10 Plan
2009 8/17/09 Plan
2008 10/9/08 Plan
2007 9/21/07 Plan
2006 6/29/06 Plan
2005 3/31/06 Plan
2004 9/27/05 Plan
2003 9/20/04 Plan
2002 2/4/03 Plan
2001 11/28/01 Plan
2000 11/22/00 Plan