About Detroit Housing Commission

The Detroit Housing Commission is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Detroit, Michigan.

The Detroit Housing Commission serves the state of Michigan.

Detroit Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Detroit Housing Commission is currently accepting public housing application for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This Housing Authority currently has 1 community that are open for public housing applications:

1. Sheridan Place I and II is a 403 unit community dedicated to senior/disabled individuals, and is located at 7501 and 7601 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214. The office can be reached by calling 313-823-7927, during normal office hours.

To apply for public housing, you must visit the open communities listed above that  you would like to apply to  in order to get an application.

Once the application has been completed it must be hand delivered to the community that you are applying to (the address is above) during the hours of 11am-3pm, Monday-Friday.  Be sure to have originals of birth certificates, social security cards, proof of income, and photo IDs for all adults in the household. 

For more information please visit the Housing Authority website at http://www.dhcmi.org/PublicHousingpg.aspx?page_id=4, or you can call the Central office for more information during normal office hours at 313-877-8000.

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Last Updated on 01/07/2016.

Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Detroit Housing Commission covers the Counties of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne, MI.

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications for elderly households.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll down below the PBV section.

To applyvisit this web page to find out the specific application process for each property.

No preferences were identified.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call the office at (313) 877-8000 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for about two weeks in March 2015. It is not known when the waiting list will reopen.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

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

This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from the HCV program due to insufficient funding, displaced by natural disaster or government action, earned income.

7,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call the office at (313) 877-8000 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 05/24/2016.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Detroit Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Public Housing pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The DHC offers 15 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households, located throughout Detroit, MI.

To apply, visit one of the management offices with an open waiting list during normal office hours. A list of properties with waiting list information can be found here.

Be sure to bring these documents with you when applying: Photo IDs for all adult household members, Social Security Cards, and birth certificates.

No preferences were identified.

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the DHC website, or call one of the communities listed above during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 01/07/2016.


About the Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Detroit Housing Commission manages 5,022 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 4,828 11 47 83 35
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $612 $498 $716 $488 $720
Monthly Cost $2,954,109 $5,481 $33,633 $40,464 $25,189

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.


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