Grand Rapids Housing Commission

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

Grand Rapids Housing Commission is a public housing agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As of October 16th, 2018, Grand Rapids Housing Commission has 7 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. The Kent County, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List will open on November 5th, 2018.

Grand Rapids Housing Commission serves Kent County.

Open Grand Rapids Housing Commission Waiting Lists

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Waiting ListStatus
Family HousingOpen Indefinitely
Housing for 55+Open Indefinitely
Housing for 62+Open Indefinitely
Housing for Disabled AdultsOpen Indefinitely
Housing for Disabled Adults and Seniors 62+Open Indefinitely
Assisted Living for Disabled Adults/Seniors 55+Open Indefinitely
Housing Choice VoucherOpen Soon

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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.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/16/2018, it is not known if Grand Rapids Housing Commission is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Homeownership Vouchers

As of October 3rd, 2018 Grand Rapids Housing Commission is participating in the Homeownership Voucher program.

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

Family Self-sufficiency

As of October 3rd, 2018 Grand Rapids Housing Commission is participating in a 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 most recent VMS report, Grand Rapids Housing Commission manages 3,257 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 2,879 19 17 37 103
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $517 $441 $512 $702 $462
Monthly Cost $1,489,148 $8,377 $8,706 $25,983 $47,536

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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