About Ferndale Housing Commission

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

The Ferndale Housing Commission serves Ferndale.

Ferndale Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Ferndale Housing Commission (FHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for one bedroom units.

To apply
, pick up an application at the FHC office, located at 415 Withington St., Ferndale, MI 48220, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Thursday.

Once the application has been completed, it must be mailed or hand delivered to the address above.

This waiting list has the following preferences: elderly, disabled, handicap.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of application submission, 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 In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.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 FHC website, or call the office at (248) 547-9500.

Last Updated on 04/20/2016.

Ferndale Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Ferndale Housing Commission last opened its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9AM.

Up to a maximum of 5,000 applications were accepted and only 1,000 applicants were selected for the waiting list by random lottery following the close of the application period.

After applying, applicants may check their status on the waiting list here.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.

About the Ferndale Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Ferndale Housing Commission manages 988 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 861 61 5
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $468 $306 $633
Monthly Cost $402,755 $18,663 $3,166

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Ferndale 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 9% having issued approximately 100 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 9 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 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,618 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 73% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 70% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

5% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% 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.

43% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 82% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 78% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Ferndale Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% 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. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

37% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 20% 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 Ferndale Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $338 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $541. 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.