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


Section 8 HCV 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

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.

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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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. Detroit Housing Commission owns and manages 4207 public housing units in 48 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Detroit Housing Commission is $231.00 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 (, 2013)

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


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