Wayne County a county in Michigan

This county is served by the Detroit Housing Commission

Detroit Housing Commission
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 24th, 2016

Please note: The Detroit Housing Commission covers the Counties of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne, MI.

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for elderly households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

To applyvisit this web page to find out the specific application process for each property.

No preferences were identified.

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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call the office at (313) 877-8000 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for about two weeks in March 2015. It is not known when the waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has 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.

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

This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from the HCV program due to insufficient funding, displaced by natural disaster or government action, earned income.

7,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, 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. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call the office at (313) 877-8000 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

Detroit Housing Commission
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenClosed

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Public Housing pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The DHC offers 15 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households, located throughout Detroit, MI.

To apply, visit one of the management offices with an open waiting list during normal office hours. A list of properties with waiting list information can be found here.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: Photo IDs for all adult household members, Social Security Cards, and birth certificates.

No preferences were identified.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. 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. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call one of the communities listed above during normal office hours.

This county is served by the Plymouth Housing Commission

Plymouth Housing Commission
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 4th, 2016

Please note: The Plymouth Housing Commission covers select cities in the Counties of Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Macomb County, MI. A list of all covered cities can be found online here.


The Plymouth Housing Commission (PHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for six days from April 2016 until May 2016, and prior to that for six days from April 2015 until May 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. No faxed, mailed, dropped off, or incomplete applications were accepted.

There were no preferences.

Applicants were provided a tracking number. Keep this number in a safe and easy to access place. It will be used to verify your status on the waiting list.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

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 application information by writing to the PHC office at 1160 Sheridan Street, Plymouth, MI 48170.

For more information, visit the PHC website, or call the office at (734) 455-3670 or (800) 898-2848.

Plymouth Housing Commission
Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
N/AOpenN/A

The Plymouth Housing Commission (PHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for seniors (62+).


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

The PHC offers one Public Housing community with 104 units for senior individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
  1. Visit the PHC to pick up an application, located at 1160 Sheridan St., Plymouth, MI  48170, during normal office hours.
  2. Request that a pre-application be mailed to you by calling (734) 455-3670 or 800-898-2848 during normal office hours.
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 PHC does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Plymouth.

For more information, visit the PHC website, or call the office at (734) 455-3670 or (800) 898-2848 during normal office hours.

This county is served by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the 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.

Market Overview

Wayne County is a county in Michigan. The population of Wayne County, according to the 2010 Census, is 1,820,584. The total number of households in the county is 702,749. The average household size for Wayne County is 2.48. The total number of renter households in the county is 248,043 which means that 35.3% of households are renter households.

Wayne County’s Federally assisted affordable rental housing stock includes properties financed through the following programs:

ProgramPropertiesUnits
Section 8 112 14,849
LIHTC 307 15,441
Section 202 45 3,796
Section 811 3 47
Public Housing 74 7,395
Total 422 33,862
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Wayne County is 80.20. The largest Federally assisted affordable rental community in the county is Parkview Tower at 592 units and the smallest is Clancy Corp at 1 unit(s). 72 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 7,151 units. Of the 33,862 units, 25,685 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Cities with Federally Assisted Projects in Wayne County

CityPropertiesUnits
Detroit 318 20,632
Highland Park 10 1,607
Romulus 7 1,481
Taylor 4 1,220
Trenton 5 1,079
Westland 12 1,069
Inkster 9 798
Belleville 6 713
Wayne 7 598
Southgate 4 576
Dearborn 6 432
Canton 3 413
Riverview 3 399
Livonia 4 393
Wyandotte 2 328
Lincoln Park 2 286
Redford 4 214
Dearborn Heights 1 201
Garden City 1 170
Detriot 1 160
Brownstown Twp 1 150
Woodhaven 1 144
Harper Woods 1 132
Ecorse 2 116
Romolus 1 65
River Rouge 1 55
Grosse Ile 1 50
Hamtramck 1 43
Plymouth Township 1 42
Northville Township 0

Federally Assisted Units By Property

Name Total Units
† This Property is Federally Assisted though Unit Counts are not available from HUD.

Rental Assistance for Tenants in Wayne County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties.

In Wayne County, there are 206 affordable housing properties providing rental assistance to 25,685 very low income households. In addition, Michigan State Housing Development Authority provides 25,884 Section 8 rental vouchers in Wayne County.

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Wayne County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $33,450 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

HUD Assistance Income Limits

Persons
1234
$23,450$26,800$30,150$33,450
Persons
1234
$14,050$16,050$20,160$24,300

Income Limits

All affordable housing programs provided by or through the government have maximum income limits to qualify for assistance. These income limits are typically derived from the Area Median Income (AMI), the theoretical family income of the average household in a given geography.

The AMI is updated each year for each geographical area taking into consideration numerous economic indicators. The geographical areas used for establishing the AMI are either Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) or counties.

Wayne County is in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI HUD Metro FMR Area MSA. The 2016 Area Median Income for a family of four in Wayne County is $66,900.

The income limits used for Section 8, public housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits. the HOME program and other Federal programs all are derived from the HUD defined AMI.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

Persons
1234
$28,140$32,160$36,180$40,140
Persons
1234
$23,450$26,800$30,150$33,450

Fair Market Rents (FMR)

HUD establishes a Fair Market Rent each year for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country. This rent standard is used to establish Payment Standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance. HUD establishes FMR’s for 530 MSA’s and 2,045 counties nationwide each fiscal year.

The FMR is largely a statistical derivative of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates for 2 bedroom median rent.

Calculating the maximum allowable rents under various subsidy programs is complex and each program has slightly different rules. In the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Assistance programs, maximum rents a landlord may charge include any tenant paid utility costs.

This utility allowance includes all necessary utilities like water/sewer, trash, heat, electricity or gas. Cable television, telephone, Internet and other non-essential utilities are excluded from this allowance.

In Project Based Section 8 properties, the owner sets the utility allowance after conducting a utility cost analysis. The amount of the allowance is reviewed and approved by HUD. The utility allowance is different for each size dwelling unit.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, utility allowances are set by the Public Housing Authority (PHA) that administers the program. The PHA sets the allowance based on reasonable utility costs for similar types and sizes of housing units to the unit the voucher holder is renting.

In Section 8 Project Based apartment communities, the maximum rent a tenant may pay is set by the landlord and approved by HUD each year. Initially, the rent charged by the apartment property is limited to the FMR for the area. In some instances, HUD may approve an initial rent of up to 120% of the FMR for the area. Owners may request and HUD may approve annual contract rent increases based on an Annual Adjustment Factor (AAF) determined by local housing and utility costs changes Though contract rents are seldom exactly the same amount as the Fair Market Rent for the area and each Project Based apartment property will have its own contract rent, the FMR can be used as an approximate guide of what maximum contract rents might be.

The amount a Section 8 Project Based tenant will pay is 30% of their adjusted income.

In the Housing Choice Voucher program, the maximum amount the housing authority will pay a landlord is established each year for similar types and sizes of units and is called a Payment Standard. Each housing authority sets its own Payment Standard and usually sets the amount at between 90% and 110% of the Fair Market Rent for the area.

The amount a voucher holder pays for rent, often referred to as a Tenant Contribution, is equal to 30% of their income. If the rental the tenant selects has rent higher than the housing authority Payment Standard, a tenant may pay up to 40% of their income to make up the difference. At least initially, the tenant would not be allowed to pay more than 40% of their income and would have to find a different rental that has a qualifying rent amount.

In Wayne County, under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Detroit Housing Commission might pay a landlord with a two bedroom apartment to rent about $911 minus the utility allowance. Likewise, a renter in Wayne County with a Section 8 voucher looking to rent a 3 bedroom apartment must find a rental that rents for about $1,207 per month (including the utility allowance). Any amount more than that, the voucher holder could pay the difference as long as they aren’t paying more than 40% of their income. (Note: These rent amounts are approximate since the housing authority’s Payment Standard is likely to be slightly different than HUD’s published FMR. These FMR’s should only be used as a guide. Check with the Detroit Housing Commission for their actual HCV Payment Standard.)

2017 Fair Market Rents

Bedrooms
01234
$578 $701 $911 $1,207 $1,300

Fair Market Rent Percentage Change Since 1988

The affordable housing industry has long used the FMR as barometer for local rents. Though the geographic areas FMR’s are based on are broad and there are often wide variations in neighborhood rents throughout an MSA, in general, the FMR is one of the best quick tools one can use to judge housing costs in a place.

We took a look at historic FMR’s in Wayne County and found that they have risen an average of 2.04% year over year. The first year in our sample is 1985 when the two bedroom FMR was $403. That same 2 bedroom apartment rent had increased to $821 by 2013. In 2001 the two bedroom FMR in Wayne County saw it’s largest single year increase going up by 11.23%.

It’s also interesting to look at the FMR compared to the Consumer Price Index’s housing index to understand how Wayne County rents have fluctuated in comparison to the rest of the Nation. The consumer price index grew an average of -0.89% year over year. The two bedroom FMR in Wayne County has grown faster than the CPI indicating faster than average rent growth in the market.

The largest single year of 2 bedroom FMR growth was in 2001 at 11.23% while the smallest year of growth was 1990 with a 6.03% decrease.

1,820,584

Population

2.48

Average Household Size

608,978

Total Renters

248,043

Renter Households

702,749

Total Households

High Renter
(86th percentile)

Renters or Owners

35.3%

% of Renter Households

$782

Median Rent

$51,566

Median Family Income

53.7%

Renters Overburdened

9.79%

Households in 60-80% AMI Range

33,862

Federally Assisted Units

422

Federally Assisted Projects

307/15,441

Tax Credit Projects/Units

112/14,849

Section 8 Projects/Units

45/3,796

Section 202 Projects/Units

3/47

Section 811 Projects/Units

72/7,151

Senior Projects/Units

25,685

Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy

80.2

Average Units Per Property

$2,264,892,000/year

Gross Rent Paid By All Renters

28.1%

Renters with No Vehicle

12.9%

Renters Below Poverty Level

10.4%

Renters Who Taxi, Bike, or Walk to Work

4.4%

Renters Who Use Public Transit to Work

35.3%

Renters With Children

24,260

Vacant Units For Rent

8.9%

Vacancy Rate

9.7%

Units With Utilities Included In Rent

Wayne County

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Michigan

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