About Michigan State Housing Development Authority

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is a Section 8 public housing agency in Lansing, Michigan.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority serves the state of Michigan.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) manages individual Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists for all 83 counties in the State of Michigan. Please view waiting list information for each county below. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority Waiting Lists

Chippewa and Delta County, Michigan Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Now

MAY
26th

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): Chippewa and Delta County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently open, from February 20, 2017 at 8:00 am, until May 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET. Delta County was last open from May 2016 until July 2016; and prior to that from August 2015 until October 2015. Chippewa County was last open from November 2013 until June 2016.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select the county you desire in the "Available Counties" list. The application is available online only. No paper applications will be available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application, call (517) 241-8986.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you apply to.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Summary

  • What: Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Opening
  • When: February 20th, 2017 at 08:00 AM ET - May 26th, 2017 at 05:00 PM ET
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at https://webapp.mshda.cgi-bps.com/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.

  • 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 05/10/2017.

Dickenson, Gratiot, and Menominee County, Michigan Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Now

JUNE
23rd

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): Dickenson, Gratiot, and Menominee County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from March 20, 2017 at 8:00 am, until June 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET.

To apply, complete the online application here. Select Barry County in the "Available Counties" list. The application is available online only. No paper applications will be available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application, call (517) 241-8986.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Summary

  • What: Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Opening
  • When: March 20th, 2017 at 08:00 AM ET - June 23rd, 2017 at 05:00 PM ET
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at https://webapp.mshda.cgi-bps.com/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.

  • 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 03/20/2017.

Antrim, Leelanau and Missaukee County, Michigan Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Now

JULY
28th

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): Atrim, Leelanau and Missaukee County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently open, from April 24, 2017 at 8:00 am, until July 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET

To apply, complete the online application here. Select the county you desire in the "Available Counties" list. The application is available online only. No paper applications will be available or accepted.

If a disabled applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application, call (517) 241-8986.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you apply to.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Summary

  • What: Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Opening
  • When: April 24th, 2017 at 08:00 AM ET - July 28th, 2017 at 05:00 PM ET
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at https://webapp.mshda.cgi-bps.com/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.
  • Preferences For: Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally.

  • 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 04/24/2017.

Multi-County, Michigan Section 8 PBV: Open Indefinitely

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications.

To apply, visit the MSHDA website, and scroll down to the section titled "Project Based Voucher (PBV) List."

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site.

Last Updated on 02/20/2017.

VASH Voucher: Open Indefinitely

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is currently accepting VASH Voucher waiting list applications.

Please note: The VASH Voucher program operates similarly to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, but is only available to homeless veterans.

To apply, contact the VA Medical Center in your area to see if you qualify. Michigan VA Medical Center information can be found here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Last Updated on 02/07/2017.

Homeless: Open Indefinitely

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): homeless waiting list is currently open for all counties. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

To apply, contact the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) in your area. HARA contact information can be found here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Last Updated on 02/07/2017.

Barry County, Michigan Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): Barry County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from December 2016 until February 2017. 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. The application was available online only. No paper applications were available or accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you are applying to.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Last Updated on 02/28/2017.

Houghton and Osceola County, Michigan Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): Houghton and Osceola County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Each were last open from December 2016 until March 2017. Prior to that, Houghton County last open from November 2013 until June 2016. Osceola County was last open from August 2015, until December 2015; and from November 2014 until January 2015. 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. The application was available online only. No paper applications were available or accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you apply to.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Last Updated on 03/06/2017.

Alger, Arenac, Charlevoix, Huron, and Lake County, Michigan Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA): Alger, Arenac, Charlevoix, Huron, and Lake County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists are currently closed. Each were last open from January 2017 until March 2017. Prior to that, Alger County was last open from November 2013 until June 2016. Arenac County was last open from November 2014 until August 2015. Charlevoix County was last open from September 2014 until November 2014. Lake County was last open from December 2015 until February 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were requried to complete the online application. The application was available online only. No paper applications were available or accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the county you apply to.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

Persons on the waiting list can update application information online here.

For more information, visit the MSHDA website, call the Section 8 office at (517) 373-9344, or call a county housing agency.

Last Updated on 03/31/2017.


About the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Michigan State Housing Development Authority manages 28,210 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 VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 23,726 76 1,298 135 889 274
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $517 $355 $439 $783 $441 $444
Monthly Cost $12,265,570 $26,958 $569,223 $105,646 $392,112 $121,737

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Michigan State Housing Development Authority

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 2,359 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,313 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% 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 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, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% 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.

40% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 74% of all households were headed by a female.

59% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 54% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 30% with 3 or more bedrooms. 21% 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 Michigan State Housing Development Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $286 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $629. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $119.



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.