About Alma Housing Commission

The Alma Housing Commission is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Alma, Michigan.

The Alma Housing Commission serves Alma.

Alma Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Alma Housing Commission (AHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applciations for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The AHC offers one Public Housing community with 94 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply: 
1. Visit the AHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 400 E. Warwick Dr., Alma, MI 48801; from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
2. Download the pre-application here, then print and complete.

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

Be sure to include copies of documentation for any preferences that are being claimed.

The AHC does have a preference for: Applicants that live and/or work in Alma, veteran, working family, involuntarily displaced, substandard housing, rent burden.

More information can be found by visiting the AHC website, or by calling (989) 463-4200 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:30 until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 08/07/2015.

About the Alma Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Alma Housing Commission manages 60 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Vouchers 60
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $299
Monthly Cost $17,930

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Alma Housing Commission

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 30% having issued approximately 2 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 8 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $12,645 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 60% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 76% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 32% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

10% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with -1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Alma Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 40% include at least one person with a disability. 62% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Alma Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $326 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $460. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $107.

1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.