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Grand Rapids Housing Commission

1420 Fuller Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan 49507

Grand Rapids Housing Commission is a Public Housing Agency 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 13th, 2020, 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 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

Open Grand Rapids 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.

Grand Rapids Housing Commission Website: https://www.grhousing.org/.

Grand Rapids Housing Commission Phone: (616) 235-2600.

COVID-19 Update: As of April 6, 2020, the Grand Rapids Housing Commission website says:

"All Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) administrative and housing management offices are closed in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Essential management, maintenance and custodial staff remain at our agency-owned housing developments."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Family Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other 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 04/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Housing for 55+ Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other 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 04/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Housing for 62+ Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other 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 04/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Housing for Disabled Adults Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other 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 04/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+ Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other 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 04/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+ Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other 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 04/06/2020.

Other Grand Rapids Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Closed: Kent County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 9, 2019, until December 11, 2019. 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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed, but there was at least a preference for Kent County residents.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the GRHC website.

Last Updated on 06/07/2020.

About Grand Rapids Housing Commission

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.

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

 

Homeownership Voucher Program

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

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

More information can be found here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Grand Rapids Housing Commission manages 3,404 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:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,998 21 15 20 17 133
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $572 $419 $549 $403 $506 $520
Monthly Cost $1,716,133 $8,790 $8,230 $8,062 $8,600 $69,139

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Grand Rapids Housing Commission

Adams Campau Park

1440 Fuller Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Creston Park

140 Barnett St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Scattered

1013 Caulfield Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Campau Commons

118 Franklin St SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan