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About Kent County Housing Commission

The Kent County Housing Commission is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Kent County Housing Commission serves Kent County, Grand Rapids, Rockford, Wyoming, Kentwood, Sparta, Lowell, Grandville, Kent City, Cedar Springs, Walker and Byron.

More information about Kent County Housing Commission can be found on its website at https://www.accesskent.com/Departments/HousingCommission/.


About the Kent County Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Kent County Housing Commission manages 502 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers155716223171
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$582$430$755$447$675$552
Monthly Cost$90,271$3,011$122,322$893$2,026$94,455

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Kent County 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 31 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.7 persons and has a household income of $11,896 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% 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 60% 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, 57% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 30% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 10% 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.

53% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 43% of households with children have a female head of household. 61% of all households were headed by a female.

60% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 52% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Kent County Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 23% include at least one person with a disability. 46% 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

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 42% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Kent County Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $309 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $701. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $136.



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.