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 Now

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.

Summary

  • What: Alma Housing Commission Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster. Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans. Working/Employed. Those Displaced by Government Action. Those who Live in Substandard Housing. Households that are Rent Burdened.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 08/07/2015.


About the Alma Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Alma Housing Commission manages 62 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers 62
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $306
Monthly Cost $18,959

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.


Affordable Apartments near Alma Housing Commission

1050 Bridge Ave
Pine Winds II is a 48 unit low income housing apartment community in Alma.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
425 E Warwick Dr
Pine Villa is a 111 unit low income housing apartment community in Alma.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
230 Windsor St
Alma Apartments is a 32 unit low income housing apartment community in Alma.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Alma.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit

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