About Jackson Housing Commission

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

The Jackson Housing Commission serves Jackson County, Jackson, Brooklyn, Concord, Spring Arbor, Springport, Columbia Township, Blackman charter, Cement City, Columbia, Concordship, Grass Lake, Grass Lake charter, Hanover, Hanovership, Henrietta, Leoni, Liberty, Michigan Center, Napoleon, Napoleonship, Norvell, Parma, Parmaship, Pulaski, Rives, Sandstone, Spring Arborship, Springportship, Summit, Tompkins, Vandercook Lake, Vineyard Lake and Waterloo.

Jackson Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Jackson Housing Commission (JHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific bedroom size or community may be closed.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the JHC office to pick up an application, located at 301 Steward Avenue, Jackson, MI 49201, from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
  2. Download and print the application online here.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address above from 9:00 am until 11:30 am, Monday-Wednesday. 

For more information, visit the JHC website, or call the office at (517) 787-1188 from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 09/13/2017.

Jackson County, MichiganHousing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Jackson Housing Commission (JHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nine days in September 2017; and prior to that for two days in August 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Jackson County resident, elderly, disabled, U.S. veteran, homeless, involuntarily displaced.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the JHC website, or call the office at (517) 787-1188 from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 09/24/2017.

More information about Jackson Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.jacksonhousing-mi.org/.


About the Jackson Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Jackson Housing Commission manages 469 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardPorted Out
Vouchers4618
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$474$687
Monthly Cost$218,413$5,495

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Jackson 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 18% having issued approximately 25 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 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $12,896 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 64% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 62% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 16% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 0% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

54% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

63% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 59% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Jackson Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 86% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

20% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 43% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 Jackson Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $343 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $549. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $166.



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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