Traverse City Housing Commission
150 Pine Street
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, MI


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Traverse City 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.

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
OpenOpenNot Applicable

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

The TCHC offers two Public Housing communities with 136 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the TCHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 150 Pine Street, Traverse City MI 49684, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thurday; and on Fridays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

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

No documents are needed at this time.

The TCHC does not have a preference. 

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

More information can be found by visiting the TCHC website, or by calling (231) 922-4915 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thurday; and on Fridays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Traverse City Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 136 affordable rental units. It also administers 208 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Traverse City 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 Traverse City Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (40%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (60%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Traverse City 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, Traverse City Housing Commission scored an average of 90 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2007 and a low score of 76 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Traverse City 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.

As of the last set of publicly available data, Traverse City Housing Commission manages one rental property which has an inspection score of 95. 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, Riverview Terrace has 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 Traverse City Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 9/7/10 Plan
2008 6/20/08 Plan
2007 9/21/07 Plan
2006 7/26/06 Plan
2005 3/8/06 Plan
2004 9/22/05 Plan
2003 9/23/04 Plan
2002 10/30/02 Plan
2001 6/8/01 Plan
2000 2/28/01 Plan