Michigan State Housing Development Authority
735 E Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Eaton County, MI

517-373-9344 http://www.michigan.gov/mshda

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 10th, 2017.

Please note: The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) manages individual Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists for all 83 counties in the State of Michigan. Please view waiting list information for each county below. We will update this page as more information becomes available.


Please note: These waiting lists have 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.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of pre-application submission, 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.

Persons on the waiting list can update pre-application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Important notice: According to the MSHDA, "all homeless waiting lists are open in each county." To apply to a homeless waiting listcontact the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency in your County.

The Gogebic and Isabella County Section 8 HCV waiting lists are currently open, from November 7, 2016 at 8:00 am, until February 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. Select the desired county in the "Available Counties" list. The pre-application is available online only. No paper pre-applications are available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application, call (517) 241-8986.

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Gogebic County was last open from November 2013 until June 2016. Isabella County last open from December 2015 until February 2016.

The Barry County Section 8 HCV waiting list is currently open, from December 1, 2016 at 8:00 am, until February 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. Select Barry County in the "Available Counties" list. The pre-application will be available online only. No paper pre-applications will be available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application, call (517) 241-8986.

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

The Houghton and Osceola County Section 8 HCV waiting lists are currently open, from December 5, 2016 at 8:00 am, until March 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. Select the desired county in the "Available Counties" list. The pre-application will be available online only. No paper pre-applications will be available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application, call (517) 241-8986.

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Houghton County was last open from November 2013 until June 2016. Osceola County was last open from August 2015, until December 2015; and prior to that from November 2014 until January 2015.

The Alger, Arenac, Charlevoix, Huron, and Lake County Section 8 HCV waiting lists are currently open, from January 3, 2017 at 8:00 am, until March 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply, complete the online pre-application here. Select the desired county in the "Available Counties" list. The pre-application will be available online only. No paper pre-applications will be available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application, call (517) 241-8986.

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Alger County was last open from November 2013 until June 2016. Arenac County was last open from November 2014 until August 2015. Charlevoix County last open from September 2014 until November 2014. Lake County was last open from December 2015 until February 2016.

The Hillsdale and Manistee County Section 8 HCV waiting lists are currently closed. There is no notice of when any waiting list will reopen.

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

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Hillsdale County was last open from October 2017 until January 2017; and prior to that from September 2014 until November 2014. Manistee County was last open from October 2017 until January 2017.

The IronLeelanau, and Mecosta County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. There is no notice of when any waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Iron County was last open from October 2016 until December 2016; and prior to that from January 2013 until June 2016. Leelanau County was last open from October 2016 until December 2016; and prior to that from March 2016 until May 2016, and from September 2014 until November 2014. Mecosta County was last open from October 2016 until December 2016; and prior to that from October 2015, until December 2015.

The Delta, Marquette, and Menominee County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. The Delta and Menominee County waiting lists were last open from May 2016 until July 2016; and prior to that from August 2015 until October 2015. The Marquette County waiting list was was last open from May 2016 until July 2016; and prior to that from January 2016 until February 2016. There is no notice of when these waiting lists will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

These waiting lists have the following preferences: Live or work in the county you applied to.

The Chippewa, and Dickinson County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Each were last open from November 2013 until June 2016. There is no notice of when these waiting lists will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

The Baraga, Cheboygan, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Ontonagon, and Presque Isle County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Each were last open from January 2013 until June 2016. There is no notice of when these waiting lists will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

The Antrim, Crawford, Missaukee, Ogemaw and Roscommon County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Each were last open for nearly three months from March 2016 until May 2016, and prior to that from September 2014 until November 2014.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in the county you applied to.

The Saint Joseph County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from February 2016, until March 2016.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in Saint Joseph County.

The Cass, Clare, Gratiot, Mason, and Menominee County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. They were last open from December 2015 until February 2016.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences have been identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

The Branch, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, and Montgomery County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. They were last open from September 2014 until November 2014. There is no notice of when these waiting lists will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in the county you applied to.

The Eaton County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in November 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in Eaton County.

The Bay and Berrien County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. They were last open from November 2014 until January 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only. No paper pre-applications were available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in the county you applied to.

The Alcona and Schoolcraft County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Each were last open from January 2013, until May 2016. There is no notice of when these waiting lists will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application will be available online only. No paper pre-applications are available or accepted.

The following preferences were identified: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 25,884 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Michigan State Housing Development Authority is designated as Extra Large, meaning it administers 10,000+ Section 8 vouchers.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority is among the 7% of Michigan housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

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, Michigan State Housing Development Authority scored an average of 94 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 78 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority 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)

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 Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 6/6/12 Plan
2011 6/15/11 Plan
2009 6/11/09 Plan
2008 6/10/08 Plan
2007 6/29/07 Plan
2006 6/9/06 Plan
2005 6/1/05 Plan
2004 6/16/04 Plan
2003 9/15/03 Plan
2002 11/12/02 Plan
2001 3/1/02 Plan
2000 3/7/01 Plan