Grand Rapids Housing Commission

1420 Fuller Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
(616) 235-2600

Open today from 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Grand Rapids Housing Commission is a public housing agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher, Mainstream Voucher, and Rental Assistance Demonstration programs. As of December 14th, 2018, Grand Rapids Housing Commission has 6 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Family Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Housing for 55+ Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Housing for 62+ Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Housing for Disabled Adults Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+ Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+ Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Grand Rapids Housing Commission serves Kent County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Family Housing Other Open Indefinitely
Housing for 55+ Other Open Indefinitely
Housing for 62+ Other Open Indefinitely
Housing for Disabled Adults Other Open Indefinitely
Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+ Other Open Indefinitely
Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+ Other Open Indefinitely
Kent County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Grand Rapids Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Family Housing Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is currently accepting Family Housing waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open waiting list in the "Family Housing" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, fire, lead paint, natural disaster, or similar circumstance; Live in city limits of Grand Rapids; Requesting barrier free unit; Veteran or widow of veteran with honorable discharge.

For more information, visit the GRHC website here, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Housing for 55+ Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is currently accepting Housing for 55+ waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open waiting list in the "Housing for Ages 55 and older" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, fire, lead paint, natural disaster, or similar circumstance; Live in city limits of Grand Rapids; Requesting barrier free unit; Veteran or widow of veteran with honorable discharge.

For more information, visit the GRHC website here, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Housing for 62+ Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is currently accepting Housing for 62+ waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open waiting list in the "Housing for Ages 62 and older" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, fire, lead paint, natural disaster, or similar circumstance; Live in city limits of Grand Rapids; Requesting barrier free unit; Veteran or widow of veteran with honorable discharge.

For more information, visit the GRHC website here, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Housing for Disabled Adults Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is currently accepting Housing for Disabled Adults waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open waiting list in the "Housing for Disabled Adults" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, fire, lead paint, natural disaster, or similar circumstance; Live in city limits of Grand Rapids; Requesting barrier free unit; Veteran or widow of veteran with honorable discharge.

For more information, visit the GRHC website here, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 10/11/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+ Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is currently accepting Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+ waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open waiting list in the "Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62 & older" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, fire, lead paint, natural disaster, or similar circumstance; Live in city limits of Grand Rapids; Requesting barrier free unit; Veteran or widow of veteran with honorable discharge.

For more information, visit the GRHC website here, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+ Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is currently accepting Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+ waiting list applications until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select an open waiting list in the "Asst. Living- Disabled Adults/Seniors 55 & older" section.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by government action, fire, lead paint, natural disaster, or similar circumstance; Live in city limits of Grand Rapids; Requesting barrier free unit; Veteran or widow of veteran with honorable discharge.

For more information, visit the GRHC website here, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Other Grand Rapids Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Closed: Kent County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for for two weeks in November, 2018; and before that for five days in June, 2017, and for five days in May, 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call the GRHC.

This waiting list had the following preference: Live, or Work in Kent County.

5,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preference. If the GRHC received at least 5,000 applications from Kent County residents, no residents from outside of the county will be placed on the waiting list. 

For more information, visit the GRHC website, or call the office at (616) 235-2600.

Last Updated on 11/21/2018.

About Grand Rapids Housing Commission

More information about Grand Rapids Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.grhousing.org/.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at grhc.apply4housing.com/status.

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (616)-232-2600.

How To Update Your Application

 To update your application (such as an address change) access the GRHC application update here

 

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/08/2018, Grand Rapids Housing Commission is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Homeownership Voucher Program

Information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Family Self-sufficiency Program

More information can be found here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-12:00pm , 1:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Grand Rapids Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Grand Rapids Housing Commission manages 3,233 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,858 22 17 32 101
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $533 $416 $522 $779 $485
Monthly Cost $1,524,438 $9,161 $8,872 $24,912 $48,994

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Grand Rapids 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 16% having issued approximately 204 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $13,545 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 56% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% 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.

51% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 49% of households with children have a female head of household. 84% of all households were headed by a female.

75% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 64% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Grand Rapids Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 44% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 78% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 36% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Grand Rapids Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $364 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $551. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $132.



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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