Detroit Housing Commission

1301 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48207

Detroit Housing Commission is a Public Housing Agency in Detroit, Michigan that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of January 28th, 2020, Detroit Housing Commission has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The City of Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, and St. Clair County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open on February 3rd, 2020.

Detroit Housing Commission serves Lapeer County, Macomb County, Oakland County, St Clair County and Wayne County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
City of Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, and St. Clair County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Open Soon

Open Detroit Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least January, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, print an application for a community listed here with an open waiting list.

Once the application has been completed, it must be either:

  1. Mailed to: Detroit Housing Commission, Post Office Box 7549, Detroit MI 48207
  2. Emailed to waitlist@dhcmi.org with the Subject Line: Project Based Voucher Application)

For more information, visit the DHC website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (313) 877-8000.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 01/28/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least January, 2020, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, visit the management office of a community with an open waiting list. Communities with an open waiting list can be found here.

For more information, visit the DHC website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 3138778000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/28/2020.

Open Soon: City of Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, and St. Clair County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon. Applications will be accepted from February 3, 2020, until February 5, 2020.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the DHC website.

Sources: This information was verified the DHC website, as of January 28, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in City of Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, and St. Clair County, Michigan.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (313) 877-8726 or email Hcvapplicant2020@dhcmi.org.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/28/2020.

About Detroit Housing Commission

More information about Detroit Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.dhcmi.org/.

Representatives of Detroit Housing Commission may be available by phone at (313) 877-8000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 9:00am to 4:30pm ET.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am-4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm
Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 01/28/2020, it is not known if Detroit Housing Commission is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Detroit Housing Commission manages 4,651 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 4,441 11 57 77 27
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $590 $524 $852 $491 $557
Monthly Cost $2,618,111 $5,759 $48,548 $37,790 $15,033

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Detroit 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 11% having issued approximately 459 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,944 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% 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 60% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 65% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 12% 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.

56% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 54% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

97% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 95% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Detroit Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

15% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 24% with 2 bedrooms and 61% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Detroit Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $326 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $659. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $174.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Detroit Housing Commission

Alexandrine Square Apartments

667 W Alexandrine St
Detroit, MI
Accepts Vouchers

Diggs Homes

1331 E Canfield St
Detroit, MI

Harriet Tubman

2450 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI

Riverbend Towers

4386 Conner St
Detroit, MI

Scattered Sites

18229 Stansbury St
Detroit, MI

Scattered Sites

14561 Saint Marys St
Detroit, MI

Scattered Sites

17570 Santa Barbara Dr
Detroit, MI

Sheridan Place I

7501 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI

State Fair Apartments

1231 W State Fair
Detroit, MI

Warren West

4100 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI

Brewster - Douglas

641 Eliot St
Detroit, MI

Sojourner Truth

4617 E Nevada St
Detroit, MI

Frederick Douglass

2701 Chrysler Dr
Detroit, MI

Frederick Douglass

2601 Chrysler Dr
Detroit, MI

Frederick Douglass

544 Wilkins St
Detroit, MI

Parkside Village IV Rehab

5018 Anderdon St
Detroit, MI

Smith Homes

14315 Crescent Dr
Detroit, MI

Jeffries Homes

1231 Selden St
Detroit, MI

Woodbridge Estates I

1142 Temptations Ln
Detroit, MI

Woodland

2240 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI

Emerald Springs 1a

5603 Talbot St
Detroit, MI

Emerald Springs 1b

12110 Buffalo St
Detroit, MI

Cornerstone Estates 7a

2949 4th St
Detroit, MI

Parkside Village II Rehab

12054 Stringham Ct
Detroit, MI

Woodbridge Estates II

1244 Selden St
Detroit, MI

Woodbridge IIi

1107 Contours Ln
Detroit, MI

Woodbridge IV

1145 Contours Ln
Detroit, MI

Woodbridge V

1221 Selden St
Detroit, MI

Gardenview Estates

16461 Van Buren Ave
Detroit, MI

Gardenview Estates II B

8400 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI