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Detroit Housing Commission

1301 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48207

Detroit Housing Commission is a Public Housing Agency 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 November 30th, 2020, Detroit Housing Commission has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Charles Diggs Townhomes, John W. Smith Townhomes, Algonquin, Greenbrooke, State Fair, Harriet Tubman Apartments and Sojourner Truth Townhomes Multi-Family Public Housing Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on February 28th, 2021. The Forest Park, Warren West, Riverbend Apartments, Sheridan Place I & II and Woodbridge Senior Village Senior Public Housing Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on February 28th, 2021. The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Charles Diggs Townhomes, John W. Smith Townhomes, Algonquin, Greenbrooke, State Fair, Harriet Tubman Apartments and Sojourner Truth Townhomes Multi-Family Public Housing Open Now
Forest Park, Warren West, Riverbend Apartments, Sheridan Place I & II and Woodbridge Senior Village Senior Public Housing Open Now
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
City of Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, and St. Clair County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Brewster Townhomes Public Housing Closed
Single Family Homes No 12, 13 and 14 Public Housing Closed

Open Detroit Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Holiday Notice: Housing Authority offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving; and some offices may be closed for additional days afterwards.

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Detroit Housing Commission Website: https://www.dhcmi.org/.

Detroit Housing Commission Phone: (313) 877-8000.

COVID-19 Update: As of November 2, 2020 the Detroit Housing Commission website says:

"In consideration of the recent order issued by Governor Whitmer for the state of Michigan, the Detroit Housing Commission has transitioned to teleworking where possible. Although many DHC staff will be working remotely, we will continue to provide critical services. Staff will be available via email and phone. We remain committed to our residents, HCV participants, partners and staff.

Please stay safe, keep others and your community safe, stay home except for essential needs."

Open Now: Charles Diggs Townhomes, John W. Smith Townhomes, Algonquin, Greenbrooke, State Fair, Harriet Tubman Apartments and Sojourner Truth Townhomes Multi-Family Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Multi-Family Public Housing waiting list for apartments at the communities listed below is currently open. Applications are being accepted from August 17, 2020 until February 28, 2021.

This opening is for the following communities:

  • Charles Diggs Townhomes
  • John W. Smith Townhomes
  • Algonquin Apartments
  • Greenbrooke Apartments
  • State Fair Apartments
  • Harriet Tubman Apartments
  • Sojourner Truth Townhomes

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DHC public notice on November 2, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Detroit, Michigan. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (800) 350-4955.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/02/2020.

Open Now: Forest Park, Warren West, Riverbend Apartments, Sheridan Place I & II and Woodbridge Senior Village Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Senior Public Housing waiting list for apartments at the communities listed below is currently open. Applications are being accepted from August 17, 2020 until February 28, 2021.

This opening is for the following communities:

  • Forest Park Apartments (50 and Older)
  • Warren West Apartments (50 and Older)
  • Riverbend Apartments (50 and Older)
  • Sheridan Place I & II (50 and Older)
  • Woodbridge Senior Village

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DHC public notice on November 2, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Detroit, Michigan. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (800) 350-4955.

Last Updated on 11/02/2020.

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 11/01/2020.

Other Detroit Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Closed: 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 currently closed. Applications were last accepted from February 3, 2020, until February 5, 2020. 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.

Selected applicants were 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.

Last Updated on 08/02/2020.

Closed: Brewster Townhomes Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Multi-Family Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Brewster Townhomes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 17, 2020 until September 25, 2020.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DHC public notice on October 30, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Detroit, Michigan. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 10/30/2020.

Closed: Single Family Homes No 12, 13 and 14 Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Family Public Housing waiting list for apartments at Single Family Homes No 12, 13 and 14 is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 17, 2020 until October 31, 2020. 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.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the DHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DHC public notice on November 2, 2020.

Last Updated on 11/02/2020.

About Detroit Housing Commission

More information about Detroit Housing Commission can be found on its website at https://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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/30/2020, 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 4,683 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 4,471 12 57 77 27
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $626 $480 $851 $506 $547
Monthly Cost $2,800,685 $5,762 $48,516 $38,946 $14,774

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, Michigan

Diggs Homes

1331 E Canfield St
Detroit, Michigan

Harriet Tubman

2450 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan

Riverbend Towers

4386 Conner St
Detroit, Michigan

Scattered Sites

18229 Stansbury St
Detroit, Michigan

Scattered Sites

14561 Saint Marys St
Detroit, Michigan

Scattered Sites

17570 Santa Barbara Dr
Detroit, Michigan

Sheridan Place I

7501 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, Michigan

State Fair Apartments

1231 W State Fair
Detroit, Michigan

Warren West

4100 W Warren Ave
Detroit, Michigan

Brewster - Douglas

641 Eliot St
Detroit, Michigan

Sojourner Truth

4617 E Nevada St
Detroit, Michigan

Frederick Douglass

2701 Chrysler Dr
Detroit, Michigan

Frederick Douglass

2601 Chrysler Dr
Detroit, Michigan

Frederick Douglass

544 Wilkins St
Detroit, Michigan

Parkside Village IV Rehab

5018 Anderdon St
Detroit, Michigan

Smith Homes

14315 Crescent Dr
Detroit, Michigan

Jeffries Homes

1231 Selden St
Detroit, Michigan

Woodbridge Estates I

1142 Temptations Ln
Detroit, Michigan

Woodland

2240 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan

Emerald Springs 1a

5603 Talbot St
Detroit, Michigan

Emerald Springs 1b

12110 Buffalo St
Detroit, Michigan

Cornerstone Estates 7a

2949 4th St
Detroit, Michigan

Parkside Village II Rehab

12054 Stringham Ct
Detroit, Michigan

Woodbridge Estates II

1244 Selden St
Detroit, Michigan

Woodbridge III

1107 Contours Ln
Detroit, Michigan

Woodbridge IV

1145 Contours Ln
Detroit, Michigan

Woodbridge V

1221 Selden St
Detroit, Michigan

Gardenview Estates

16461 Van Buren Ave
Detroit, Michigan