Dowagiac Housing Commission
Dowagiac Housing Commission is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of January 18th, 2021, Dowagiac Housing Commission has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
Dowagiac Housing Commission serves Dowagiac.
Open Dowagiac Housing Commission Waiting Lists
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.
Dowagiac Housing Commission Website: http://dhcommission.com/home.html.
Dowagiac Housing Commission Phone: (269) 782-3786.
Open Until Further Notice:
Public Housing Waiting List
Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.
How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List
The Dowagiac Housing Commission (DHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.
The DHC offers one Public Housing community with 86 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.
There are three ways to apply:
1. Visit the DHC to pick up an application, located at 100 Chestnut Street, Dowagiac, MI 49047 during normal office hours.
2. Request that a pre-application be mailed to you by calling (269) 782-3786 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.
No documents are needed at this time.
The DHC does have a preference for: Applicants who are employed, live and/or work in Cass County, elderly, disabled.
More information can be found by visiting the DHC website
, or by calling (269) 782-3786 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (269)782-3786.
Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.
Last Updated on 08/07/2015.
About Dowagiac Housing Commission
More information about Dowagiac Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://dhcommission.com/home.html.
Representatives of Dowagiac Housing Commission may be available by phone at (269) 782-3786. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
About the Dowagiac Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Dowagiac Housing Commission manages 108 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:
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher
Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Dowagiac 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 18% having issued approximately 6 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 23 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $12,768 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 65% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 58% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
Heads of Household Characteristics
1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 66% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 13% 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.
65% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 62% of households with children have a female head of household. 92% of all households were headed by a female.
84% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 83% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Dowagiac Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 27% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 60% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
Bedroom Size and Overhousing
17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 42% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Dowagiac Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $297 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $443. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $113.
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 Dowagiac Housing Commission
100 Chestnut St