Melvindale Housing Commission
3501 Oakwood Boulevard
Melvindale, Wayne County, MI

313-429-1095

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

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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.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
Not ApplicableOpenNot Applicable

The Melivindale Housing Commission (MHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for senior and disabled individuals.


Please note: The MHC does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

The MHC offers one Public Housing community with 199 units for senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the MHC to pick up an application, located at 3501 Oakwood Boulevard Melvindale MI 48122, during normal office hours.
  2. Download the pre-application here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with the pre-application: Proof of all income, photo IDs for all adult household members, rent receipt for the past three months, eviction papers if applicable, proof of veteran status if applicable, name and address of a personal reference, Social Security Cards, and birth certificates.

The MHC has listed the following preferences: local resident or veteran.

For more information, visit the MHC website, or call the office at (313) 429-1095 during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of May 31, 2015

Melvindale Housing Commission operates 199 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Melvindale Housing Commission public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 1 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 100% 1 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Melvindale Housing Commission’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (May 31, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 198 out of a total 199 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 0.5%.

Family Type

Of the 155 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 29 (18.71%) were elderly, 126 (81.29%) were non-elderly, 155 (100%) were disabled, 0 (0%) contained children and 0 (0%) 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 (May 31, 2015) the minimum rent in Melvindale Housing Commission's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Melvindale Housing Commission’s public housing developments is $251.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $137. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $123. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $245. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $0.

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 Melvindale Housing Commission portfolio, 31% of households identified as Black, 69% identified as White, and 4% 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 Melvindale Housing Commission properties, 170 were Extremely Low Income, 24 were Very Low Income, 4 were Low Income and 0 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Melvindale Housing Commission properties is $10,892. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 0% earn more than $25,000 while 100% 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 Melvindale Housing Commission public housing 3% have wage income, 68% have welfare income, 100% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 3% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (May 31, 2015), there were a total of 198 households containing 207 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 1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 0% of households included children. Across all household members in Melvindale Housing Commission public houins units 0% are aged zero to five and 0% are aged 6 to 17.

36.2% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 63.8% 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 Melvindale Housing Commission public housing communities. 28.79% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 15.15% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 56.06% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Melvindale Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 199 affordable rental units. It also administers 134 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Melvindale Housing Commission is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 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 Melvindale Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (60%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (40%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Melvindale 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, Melvindale Housing Commission scored an average of 84 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2008 and a low score of 44 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Melvindale 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Melvindale Housing Commission manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 88. To be a passing score, a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. As of the last set of publicly available data, Coogan Terrace has 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 Melvindale Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 1/20/10 Plan
2009 10/28/08 Plan
2008 10/23/07 Plan
2007 10/19/06 Plan
2006 12/8/05 Plan
2005 1/7/05 Plan
2004 1/5/04 Plan
2003 2/3/03 Plan
2002 3/13/02 Plan
2001 3/7/01 Plan
2000 9/26/00 Plan