About Montcalm Housing Commission

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

The Montcalm Housing Commission serves the state of Michigan.

Montcalm Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

The Montcalm Housing Commission (MHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The MHC offers one Public Housing community with 40 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

There are two ways to apply:
1. Visit the MHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 120 Mulberry St., Howard City, MI 49329, during normal office hours.
2. Request that a pre-application be mailed to you by calling (231) 937-4241 during normal office hours.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, the MHC can be reached by calling (231) 937-4241 during normal office hours.

Summary

  • What: Montcalm Housing Commission Public Housing Opening

Last Updated on 08/07/2015.


About the Montcalm Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Montcalm Housing Commission manages 183 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 83 1 99
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $333 $793 $303
Monthly Cost $27,633 $793 $30,028

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Montcalm 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 20% having issued approximately 10 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 4 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 58 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.6 persons and has a household income of $12,168 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 59% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% 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 84% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 31% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 30% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

23% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

4% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Montcalm Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 45% include at least one person with a disability. 68% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

51% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 16% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% 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 Montcalm Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $305 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $372. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $89.



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.