Detroit Housing Commission
1301 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Wayne County, MI

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

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 24th, 2016.

Please note: The Detroit Housing Commission covers the Counties of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne, MI.

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for elderly households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

To applyvisit this web page to find out the specific application process for each property.

No preferences were identified.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call the office at (313) 877-8000 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

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.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from the HCV program due to insufficient funding, displaced by natural disaster or government action, earned income.

7,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call the office at (313) 877-8000 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Detroit Housing Commission Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update January 7th, 2016.

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


The DHC offers 15 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households, located throughout Detroit, MI.

To apply, visit one of the management offices with an open waiting list during normal office hours. A list of properties with waiting list information can be found here.

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 identified.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. 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.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

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

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)

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