Montcalm Housing Commission
Mulberry
Howard City, Montcalm County, MI

231-937-4241

Section 8 Waiting List Status:

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Montcalm Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on June 5th, 2015.

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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 Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Montcalm Housing Commission Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 7th, 2015.

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


The MHC offers one Public Housing community with 40 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the MHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 120 Mulberry St., Howard City, MI 49329, during normal office hours.
2. Request that a pre-application be mailed to you by calling (231) 937-4241 during normal office hours.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the MHC can be reached by calling (231) 937-4241 during normal office hours.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Montcalm Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 40 affordable rental units. It also administers 318 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Montcalm Housing Commission is determined to be a Very Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1 - 49 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium Low, meaning it administers 250 - 499 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Montcalm Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (11%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (89%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Montcalm Housing Commission has a smaller 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, Montcalm Housing Commission scored an average of 85 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 69 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Montcalm 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)

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 Montcalm Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 6/18/10 Plan
2009 3/12/09 Plan
2008 12/10/08 Plan
2007 12/20/07 Plan
2006 5/21/07 Plan
2005 7/13/06 Plan
2004 9/7/05 Plan
2003 5/22/03 Plan
2002 10/25/02 Plan
2001 4/6/01 Plan
2000 8/25/00 Plan