Grand Rapids Housing Commission is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Mainstream Voucher, and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of August 8th, 2022, Grand Rapids Housing Commission has 6 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.
Grand Rapids Housing Commission offers Project-Based Voucher Housing, Public Housing and Section 8 Housing rental assistance in Kent County.
|Family Housing||Open Until Further Notice|
|Housing for 55+||Open Until Further Notice|
|Housing for 62+||Open Until Further Notice|
|Housing for Disabled Adults||Open Until Further Notice|
|Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+||Open Until Further Notice|
|Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+||Open Until Further Notice|
|Kent County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
More information about Grand Rapids Housing Commission can be found on its website at https://www.grhousing.org/.
Representatives of Grand Rapids Housing Commission may be available by phone at (616) 235-2600. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.
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.
To update your application (such as an address change) access the GRHC application update here.
As of August 8th, 2022, it is not known if Grand Rapids Housing Commission is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Grand Rapids Housing Commission manages 3,365 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:
|Standard||Homeownership||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH||Non-Elderly Disabled|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$580||$429||$500||$539||$550||$543|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.