Lansing Housing Commission
310 Seymour Avenue
Lansing, Ingham County, MI


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Lansing Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on July 20th, 2015

The Lansing Housing Commission (LHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for one week in June 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen. 

This application was available online only.

No paper applications were accepted.

The LHC placed 350 qualified applicants on its waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, please call the LHC office at 517-487-6550, or visit its website 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.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The Lansing Housing Commission (LHC) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Lansing Housing Commission operates 934 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Lansing Housing Commission public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 30% 1 bedroom apartments, 25% 2 bedroom apartments, 30% 3 bedroom apartments, 11% 4 bedroom apartments and 4% 5 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Lansing Housing Commission’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 795 out of a total 934 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 14.88%.

Family Type

Of the 760 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 20 (2.63%) were elderly, 740 (97.37%) were non-elderly, 191 (25.13%) were disabled, 488 (64.21%) contained children and 440 (57.89%) 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 Lansing Housing Commission's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Lansing Housing Commission’s public housing developments is $238.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $206. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $261. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $522. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $236.

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 Lansing Housing Commission portfolio, 69% of households identified as Black, 28% identified as White, and 9% 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 Lansing Housing Commission properties, 642 were Extremely Low Income, 102 were Very Low Income, 19 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Lansing Housing Commission properties is $9,766. Of all public housing residents, 11% have no income and 7% earn more than $25,000 while 82% 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 Lansing Housing Commission public housing 45% have wage income, 48% have welfare income, 35% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 35% have other income and 6% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 792 households containing 2,228 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 2.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 64.21% of households included children. Across all household members in Lansing Housing Commission public houins units 18.6% are aged zero to five and 35.1% are aged 6 to 17.

2.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 43.8% 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 Lansing Housing Commission public housing communities. 28.41% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 10.73% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 60.86% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Lansing Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 10 projects which contain 934 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,785 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Lansing Housing Commission is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 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 Lansing Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (34%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (66%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Lansing 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, Lansing Housing Commission scored an average of 88 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 64 in 2004. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Lansing 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 (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

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

Lansing Housing Commission manages 5 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 81. The scores for properties managed by Lansing Housing Commission range from a high of 87 to a low of 74.

The highest scoring property in the Lansing Housing Commission portfolio is South Washington Park and the lowest scoring property is Hildabrandt Park.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Lansing Housing Commission have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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 Lansing Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 6/15/11 Plan
2010 7/29/10 Plan
2009 6/30/09 Plan
2008 6/27/08 Plan
2007 6/15/07 Plan
2006 6/6/06 Plan
2005 8/12/05 Plan
2004 12/9/04 Plan
2003 6/26/03 Plan
2002 9/5/02 Plan
2001 10/10/01 Plan
2000 9/25/00 Plan