Rental Housing In Michigan

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status: Open

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority's (MSHDA) Housing Choice Voucher Program will be opening and closing waiting lists throughout the state on an ongoing basis.  The waiting lists are opened by county.  A list of these is viewable in the table below.

Applications are only accepted for open waiting lists. Preference will be given to those living or working in the county selected.

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) List
County Open Close
Alcona January 14, 2013  
Alger November 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. EST
 
Antrim September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Arenac November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Baraga January 14, 2013  
Bay November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Berrien November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Branch September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
11:59 p.m. EST
Charlevoix September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Cheboygan January 14, 2013  
Chippewa November 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. EST
 
Clare November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Crawford September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Dickinson November 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. EST
 
Eaton November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 15, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Gogebic November 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. EST
 
Grand Traverse September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Gratiot November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Hillsdale September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
11:59 p.m. EST
Houghton November 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. EST
 
Iosco September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Iron January 14, 2013  
Isabella November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Kalkaska September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Keweenaw January 14, 2013  
Lake November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Leelanau September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Luce January 14, 2013  
Mackinac November 1, 2013
8:00 a.m. EST
 
Missaukee September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Montmorency September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Ogemaw September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Ontonagon January 14, 2013  
Osceola November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
January 31, 2015
5:00 p.m. EST
Oscoda September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Presque Isle January 14, 2013  
Roscommon September 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. EST
November 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. EST
Schoolcraft January 14, 2013  

You may apply here for these counties on their designated waiting list dates.

Michigan Rental Overview

The population of Michigan, according to the 2010 Census, is 9,883,640. The total number of households in the state is 3,872,508. The average household size for Michigan is 2.45. The total number of renter households in the state is 1,079,166 which means that 27.87% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Michigan is ranked 50th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Michigan is $764 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Michigan ranks 30th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Michigan is 80,859 representing a vacancy rate of 8%. Among all U.S. states, Michigan ranks 35th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Michigan’s rental housing portfolio is performing below the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 564 55,805
Section 202 173 10,664
Section 811 34 565
Section 515 526 16,634
RDRA 447 9,145
LIHTC 1,114 58,590
Senior 443 25,602
Public Housing 178 12,666
Section 8 Voucher 131 56,987
Total 2,061 137,916
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Michigan there are 131 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Michigan is 66.90. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Detroit at 20,632 units and the smallest is Port Sanilac at 6 unit(s). 443 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 25,602 units. Of the 137,916 units, 51,436 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Michigan ranked by federally assisted units

There are 82 counties or county equivalents in Michigan. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Wayne County at 1,820,584 and the smallest is Keweenaw County at 2,156. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Isabella County at 41.88% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Keweenaw County at 10.17%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Michigan ranges from a low of 10.1 units per 1,000 renter households in St Clair County to a high of 2305.4 units per 1,000 renter households in Eaton County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Michigan is 199.1 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Michigan. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Wayne County 33,862
Oakland County 13,160
Genesee County 7,170
Macomb County 7,068
Kent County 6,749
Kalamazoo County 5,944
Ingham County 5,170
Washtenaw County 5,170
Saginaw County 3,247
Berrien County 2,615
Jackson County 2,582
Muskegon County 2,552
Calhoun County 2,138
Ottawa County 1,984
St Clair County 1,690
Monroe County 1,649
Lenawee County 1,574
Eaton County 1,476
Allegan County 1,377
Van Buren County 1,290
Bay County 1,281
Montcalm County 1,213
Isabella County 1,202
Midland County 1,100
Shiawassee County 1,017
Hillsdale County 950
Ionia County 921
Marquette County 881
St Joseph County 877
Emmet County 812
Clinton County 809
Branch County 784
Grand Traverse County 767
Livingston County 740
Alpena County 715
Gratiot County 671
Lapeer County 649
Newaygo County 631
Mecosta County 626
Clare County 602
Charlevoix County 595
Huron County 588
Ogemaw County 554
Sanilac County 545
Wexford County 544
Otsego County 496
Delta County 489
Mason County 485
Iosco County 484
Tuscola County 470
Cass County 439
Gladwin County 431
Barry County 406
Cheboygan County 404
Houghton County 390
Chippewa County 385
Roscommon County 379
Manistee County 337
Arenac County 294
Osceola County 279
Oceana County 233
Dickinson County 228
Menominee County 213
Presque Isle County 203
Crawford County 197
Kalkaska County 176
Lake County 174
Oscoda County 165
Gogebic County 160
Mackinac County 134
Montmorency County 129
Antrim County 127
Schoolcraft County 104
Alcona County 87
Iron County 79
Missaukee County 74
Ontonagon County 68
Alger County 65
Benzie County 30
Keweenaw County 24
Leelanau County 18
Luce County 18

Affordable Housing by City in Michigan ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 456 cities in Michigan that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 9,883,640, Northville Township has the largest population of these cities. There are 0 Federally assisted housing communities in Northville Township which are home to about families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Michigan. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Michigan.

CityTotal Units
Detroit 20,632
Kalamazoo 4,861
Grand Rapids 4,561
Pontiac 4,034
Lansing 3,920
Flint 3,253
Ypsilanti 2,722
Saginaw 2,528
Jackson 2,398
Muskegon 1,833
Ann Arbor 1,734
Battle Creek 1,713
Highland Park 1,607
Romulus 1,481
Monroe 1,399
Benton Harbor 1,354
Holland 1,346
Port Huron 1,238
Taylor 1,220
Troy 1,159
Sterling Heights 1,138
Adrian 1,131
Trenton 1,079
Westland 1,069
Midland 1,009
Southfield 988
Davison 986
Clinton Township 866
Rochester Hills 827
Centerline 818
Waterford 816
Farmington Hills 799
Inkster 798
Bay City 784
Kentwood 767
Fraser 760
East Lansing 755
Mount Pleasant 746
Petoskey 720
Belleville 713
Portage 707
Traverse City 699
Alpena 658
Marquette 641
Warren 636
Owosso 632
Greenville 619
Mount Clemens 618
Wayne 598
Haslett 595
Niles 582
Southgate 576
Swartz Creek 550
Mount Morris 543
Madison Heights 528
Big Rapids 522
Hillsdale 518
Coldwater 500
Howell 500
Gaylord 476
Sturgis 471
West Branch 460
Cadillac 456
Alma 451
Royal Oak 451
Hazel Park 449
Dearborn 432
Ionia 424
Three Rivers 420
Auburn Hills 418
Canton 413
Ludington 405
Riverview 399
Fenton 396
Dewitt 396
Livonia 393
Mt Pleasant 382
Lapeer 369
South Haven 368
Escanaba 368
Plainwell 351
Wixom 347
Flushing 346
Clare 330
Wyandotte 328
Cheboygan 324
Manistee 319
Allegan 312
New Baltimore 309
Center Line 300
Charlotte 299
Flat Rock 296
Grand Blanc 292
Rockford 290
Lincoln Park 286
Oscoda 272
Gladwin 272
Dowagiac 265
Coopersville 263
Ferndale 260
Roseville 260
Walled Lake Villa Drive 260
Bad Axe 256
Oak Park 250
Harrison 248
Walker 244
Sault Sainte Marie 233
Fremont 232
Houghton 229
East Jordan 225
Milford 217
Belding 214
Redford 214
Sandusky 211
Wyoming 207
Clinton Twp 206
Hastings 204
Dearborn Heights 201
Burton Southeast 200
Waterford Township 200
Orion 200
Standish 198
Burton 198
Grayling 197
Romeo 194
Shelby Township 192
Eaton Rapids 190
Whitehall 184
Spring Lake 182
Charlevoix 182
Boyne City 182
Bangor Township 180
Hartford 179
Marshall 178
Montrose 176
Paw Paw 176
Kalkaska 176
Reed City 175
Stanton 174
Mason 173
Caro 172
Chelsea 171
Garden City 170
Grand Haven 169
Imlay City 168
Newaygo 168
Vassar 168
Quincy 168
Clinton Twp 168
Roscommon 167
Dexter 164
Chesaning 163
Corunna 160
Detriot 160
Mt. Clemens 160
Delphi 160
Beaverton 159
St Joseph 156
Twin Lake 156
Harrison Township 155
Farmington 153
Albion 153
Pittsfield Twp. 151
Brownstown Twp 150
Grand Ledge 150
Galesburg 150
Menominee 149
Edmore 148
Algonac 147
Otsego 146
Wayland 146
Holly 145
Jonesville 144
Woodhaven 144
Bangor 142
East Tawas 140
Essexville 139
Litchfield 136
Harper Woods 132
Birmingham 131
Ishpeming 128
Chesterfield 128
Sand Lake 128
Williamston 127
Buchanan 126
Cassopolis 126
Sparta 125
Brighton 124
Harbor Beach 124
Saint Johns 121
White Cloud 120
Bellevue 120
Kingsford 120
Muskegon Twp 120
Fennville 119
Ecorse 116
Fowlerville 116
Prudenville 116
Fort Gratiot 116
Ithaca 113
New Haven 112
Capac 112
Tecumseh 109
Reading 108
Berrien Springs 107
Lawton 106
Watervliet 104
Muskegon Heights 104
Mio 104
Baldwin 104
Manistique 104
Marlette 104
W Bloomfield 103
Holt 100
Milan 100
Buena Vista Twp 100
Perry 96
Freeland 96
Manchester 96
Saline 96
Lawrence 96
Rogers City 96
Decatur 96
Spring Arbor 96
Clarkston 94
Homer 94
Carson City 94
Hesperia 94
Highland 93
Temperance 91
Coleman 91
Clio 90
Grandville 90
Pinconning 90
Gladstone 89
Constantine 88
Hart 86
Hudson 86
Saranac 85
Norway 84
Houghton Lake 84
Beecher 84
Colon 84
Lowell 82
Caledonia 81
Montague 81
Croswell 80
Nashville 80
East China 80
Scottville 80
Lake Odessa 80
Sault Ste Marie 80
Manton 80
Shelby 80
Lake Orion 78
Bridgeport Township 76
Saint Louis 75
Ravenna 74
Brooklyn 72
Lexington 72
Vicksburg 72
Lakeview 72
Centreville 72
Farwell 72
Highland Township 72
Morenci 72
Evart 72
Ironwood 72
Blissfield 72
Carleton 71
Idlewild 70
Ovid 68
Romolus 65
Republic 64
Stockbridge 64
Gobles 64
Kent City 64
Cedar Springs 64
North Branch 64
Harrisville 64
Bronson 64
Wakefield 64
Portland 62
Fairview 61
Au Gres 60
Hastinsg 60
Rose City 60
Oxford 60
Hillman 60
Onaway 59
Laingsburg 57
Parchment 56
Brown City 56
Mc Bain 56
Auburn 56
St Charles 56
Saugatuck 56
River Rouge 55
Bellaire 55
Benton Harbor 55
Frankenmuth 54
Union City 52
Allendale 52
Harbor Springs 52
Hemlock 52
Saint Joseph 51
Chassell 50
Grosse Ile 50
Shepherd 48
Sunfield 48
Bridgman 48
Memphis 48
Indian River 48
White Pigeon 48
Harrison Twp. 48
Hale 48
Sebewaing 48
Onsted 48
Sheridan 48
Remus 48
Sault St Marie 48
Grant 48
Saint Charles 48
St Clair 48
Blackman Tonwship 48
Elk Rapids 48
Saint Ignace 48
St. Charles 48
Zeeland 46
Belmont 46
Jenison 46
Port Austin 44
Howard City 44
Alpena, 44
Hamtramck 43
Plymouth Township 42
Mayville 40
Elsie 40
St Ignace 40
Hancock 40
Elkton 40
Munising 39
Augres 36
Fife Lake 34
Kingsley 34
Skidway Lake 34
Dimondale 33
Muir 32
Mecosta 32
Schoolcraft 32
Marion 32
Linden 32
Breckenridge 32
Leslie 32
St. Ignace 32
Linwood 32
Stephenson 32
Gwinn 32
New Buffalo 32
New Lothrop 32
Mackinaw City 32
Powers 32
Iron River 32
Escanba 32
Caspian 31
South Range 30
South Lyon 28
Atlanta 28
Lewiston, 27
Cheasaning 26
Durand 24
Webberville 24
Middleville 24
Martin 24
Barryton 24
Drummond Island 24
Clarksville 24
Yale 24
Lake Linden 24
Almont 24
Maple Rapids 24
Cass City 24
Marcellus 24
Mattawan 24
Pigeon 24
Marine City 24
Otisville 24
Caseville 24
Ironwood Twp 24
Posen 24
Waldron 24
Foster City 24
Mohawk 24
Kingston 24
Onaway, 24
Ontonagon 24
Harbor Springs, 24
Whittemore 24
Petersburg 24
Edwardsburg 24
Sauguatuck 24
Moline 24
Hopkins 24
Columbiaville 24
Lincoln 23
Delton 22
Reese 22
Ewen 20
Pullman 20
Mears 20
Camden 20
Rosebush 20
Vanderbilt 20
Addison 20
Keeler 20
Britton 20
Bloomingdale 19
Benzonia 18
Onekama 18
Newberry 18
Lake City 18
Augusta 18
Empire 18
Calumet 17
Pentwater 16
Mancelona 16
Negaunee 16
Woodland 16
Vermontville 16
Alanson 16
Peck 16
Concord 16
Ubly 16
Byron 16
Stambaugh 16
Deerfield 16
Grand Marais 14
Cedarville 14
Lewiston 14
Crystal 14
Ossineke 13
Gagetown 12
St Helen 12
Thompsonville 12
Bruce Crossing 12
Bergland 12
Kinde 12
Chatham 12
Douglas 11
Unionville 8
Mesick 8
Central Lake 8
Port Sanilac 6
Beaver Island 6
Weidman 6
Northville Township -

Housing Authorities in Michigan ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 131 housing authorities in Michigan. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 131 housing authorities, 45.8% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Michigan by total housing assistance units managed is Michigan State Housing Development Authority with 25,884 public housing units under management (0 public housing units and 25,884 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Michigan and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Michigan State Housing Development Authority - 25,884
Detroit Housing Commission 4,207 6,372
Grand Rapids Housing Commission 420 3,206
Lansing Housing Commission 934 1,785
Flint Housing Commission 1,246 988
Plymouth Housing Commission 104 1,882
Saginaw Housing Commission 631 1,257
Ann Arbor Housing Commission 355 1,483
Inkster Housing Commission 734 751
Wyoming Housing Commission 195 1,122
Pontiac Housing Commission 441 770
Ferndale Housing Commission 166 975
Battle Creek Housing Commission 377 740
Westland Housing Commission - 1,090
Taylor Housing Commission 102 978
Livonia Housing Commission 150 909
Jackson Housing Commission 540 475
Port Huron Housing Commission 411 578
Benton Harbor Housing Commission 370 201
Bay City Housing Commission 559 -
River Rouge Housing Commission 300 249
Hamtramck Housing Commission 450 -
Kent County Housing Commission - 440
Dearborn Housing Commission 333 96
Lincoln Park Housing Commission 119 293
Roseville Housing Commission 99 309
Muskegon Heights Housing Commission 342 50
Benton Township Housing Commission 300 75
Montcalm Housing Commission 40 318
Muskegon Housing Commission 167 179
Traverse City Housing Commission 136 208
St. Clair Shores Housing Commission 250 90
Eastpointe Housing Commission 164 171
Southfield Housing Commission - 334
Melvindale Housing Commission 199 134
Sault Ste Marie Housing Commission 263 50
Marquette Housing Commission 253 50
Monroe Housing Commission 293 -
Iron County Housing Commission 123 169
Big Rapids Housing Commission 287 -
Madison Heights Housing Commission - 287
Mount Clemens Housing Commission 286 -
Baldwin Housing Commission 86 180
Saint Louis Housing Commission 80 155
Albion Housing Commission 218 -
Manistee Housing Commission 214 -
Dowagiac Housing Commission 86 128
Highland Park Housing Commission 209 -
Grayling Housing Commission 71 130
Ecorse Housing Commission 200 -
Greenville Housing Commission 89 107
Alpena Housing Commission 195 -
Ypsilanti Housing Commission 193 -
Sterling Heights Housing Commission 153 40
Reed City Housing Commission 101 90
Ingham County Housing Commission 89 100
Menominee Housing Commission 127 61
Lapeer Housing Commission 60 122
Niles Housing Commission 179 -
Escanaba Housing Commission 175 -
Alma Housing Commission 94 64
Cheboygan Housing Commission 38 120
Cadillac Housing Commission 125 25
Ironwood Housing Commission 148 -
Rockford Housing Commission 52 90
Belding Housing Commission 140 -
Boyne City Housing Commission 79 60
Hancock Housing Commission 94 40
Evart Housing Commission 109 25
Marysville Housing Commission 132 -
Ionia Housing Commission 110 20
Royal Oak Township Housing Commission 128 -
Ishpeming Housing Commission 127 -
Clinton Township Housing Commission 100 23
South Haven Housing Commission 121 -
Manistique Housing Commission 60 59
Luce County Housing Commission - 110
Saint Joseph Housing Commission 107 -
Gladstone Housing Commission 102 -
Luna Pier Housing Commission 101 -
Romulus Housing Commission 100 -
Bay County Housing Department 100 -
Munising Housing Commission 74 25
Schoolcraft County Housing Commission 64 35
Iron Mountain Housing Commission 99 -
Calumet Housing Commission 98 -
Bedford Township Housing Commission 97 -
Coldwater Housing Commission 96 -
Saint Clair Housing Commission 62 30
Saranac Housing Commission 89 -
Bessemer Housing Commission 89 -
New Haven Housing Commission 88 -
Negaunee Housing Commission 80 -
Mount Pleasant Housing Commission 26 50
Wayne Housing Commission 76 -
Housing Services for Eaton County - 75
Dundee Housing Commission 75 -
Baraga Housing Commission 50 25
Sturgis Housing Commission 71 -
Houghton Housing Commission 70 -
Gladwin City Housing Commission 70 -
Algonac Housing Commission 70 -
Iron River Housing Commission 69 -
Kingsford Housing Commission 69 -
Lake Linden Housing Commission 65 -
Charlevoix Housing Commission 62 -
Allen Park Housing Commission 61 -
Ontonagon Housing Commission 60 -
Hillsdale Housing Commission 60 -
Bath Charter Township Housing Commission 30 25
Rockwood Housing Commission 51 -
Bronson Housing Commission 50 -
Potterville Housing Commission 24 25
Mackinac County Housing Commission 48 -
Caseville Housing Commission 47 -
Bangor Housing Commission 44 -
East Tawas Housing Commission 41 -
Covert Public Housing Commission 40 -
Rogers City Housing Commission 38 -
L'Anse Housing Commission 34 -
Wakefield Housing Commission 30 -
Laurium Housing Commission 29 -
East Jordan Housing Commission 27 -
Rapid River Housing Commission 24 -
Hermansville Housing Commission 24 -
Elk Rapids Housing Commission 20 -
South Lyon Housing Commission 15 -
Paw Paw Housing Commission - -
Middleville Housing Commission - -
Dearborn Heights Housing Commission - -
Royal Oak Housing Commission - -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Michigan has a total of 2,061 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 137,916 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 58,590 in Michigan. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Michigan.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view