About Melvindale Housing Commission

The Melvindale Housing Commission is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Melvindale, Michigan.

Melvindale Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Melivindale Housing Commission is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for senior and disabled individuals.

This Housing Commission has one Apartment Community available for public housing:
Coogan Terrace is an apartment community dedicated to elderly/disabled individuals. This community offers 199 units with 1 bedrooms.

To apply for public housing, you can visit the Housing Commission website at 
http://nebula.wsimg.com/068c5e8b8fc54cae904bba8bce77a04f?AccessKeyId=78CCF7FC457F061A4D0F&dispositio... to download, print, and complete an application.  You can also visit their office located at: 3501 Oakwood Blvd., Melvindale, MI 48122, during normal office hours to pick up an application.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the above address.  Be sure to include copies of: proof of income, DL or State ID, social security card, rent receipt for the past 3 months, eviction papers (if applicable), proof of veteran status, and a personal reference. Copies can not be made at the office so please bring your own copies to hand in.

This Housing Commission currently lists the following preference that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: being a local resident.

For more information you can visit the Housing Commission's website at www.melvindalehousingcommission.org, they can also be reached by calling the office at 313-429-1095 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Melvindale Housing Commission Public Housing Opening
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. Veterans.

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 08/06/2015.


About the Melvindale Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Melvindale Housing Commission manages 122 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out
Vouchers 121 1
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $554 $878
Monthly Cost $67,070 $878

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Melvindale 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 12% having issued approximately 10 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 81 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $13,970 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% 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 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

-1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 73% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 16% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 12% 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.

71% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 69% of households with children have a female head of household. 90% of all households were headed by a female.

86% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 81% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Melvindale Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 79% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

18% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 50% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% 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 Melvindale Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $365 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $653. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $167.



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.