About Battle Creek Housing Commission

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

The Battle Creek Housing Commission serves Battle Creek.

Battle Creek Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Battle Creek Housing Commission (BCHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the BCHC to pick up an application, located at  250 Champion Street, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037; from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download the application online here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: Social Security Cards, and the front and back of a government issued photo ID for all adult household members, birth certificates.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

For more information, visit the BCHC website, or call the office at (269) 965-0591.

Last Updated on 04/17/2017.

Homeownership  Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Battle Creek Housing Commission (BCHC) is currently accepting homeownership waiting list applications.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the BCHC to pick up an application, located at  250 Champion Street, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037; from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download the application online here, then print and complete.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: Social Security Cards, and the front and back of a government issued photo ID for all adult household members, birth certificates.

For more information, visit the BCHC website, or call the office at (269) 965-0591.

Last Updated on 04/17/2017.

Battle Creek, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Battle Creek Housing Commission (BCHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in April 2017. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

300 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the BCHC website, or call the office at (269) 965-0591.

Last Updated on 04/21/2017.

More information about Battle Creek Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.battlecreekhousing.org/.


About the Battle Creek Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Battle Creek Housing Commission manages 683 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers41021613799
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$392$323$1,009$336$311
Monthly Cost$160,844$6,790$6,053$46,071$30,789

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Battle Creek 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 13% having issued approximately 51 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 11 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $11,871 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% 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 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 18% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 46% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 69% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Battle Creek Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 25% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 5% 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 Battle Creek Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $302 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $412. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $118.



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.


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