About Muskegon Housing Commission

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

The Muskegon Housing Commission serves Muskegon County and Muskegon.

Muskegon Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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

The MHC offers two Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled individuals:
  1. Hartford Terrace has one bedroom units for senior/disabled individuals.
  2. The Family Public Housing program has duplexes for families that require two or bedrooms.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to 1080 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49442, from 9:30 am until 5:45 pm EDT, Monday-Thursday.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: Proof of all income, birth certificates, Social Security Cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, food stamp award letter, and bank statements.

The MHC does have a preference point system: Near elderly, elderly, and those who receive disability income.

For more information, visit the MHC website, or call the office at (231) 722-2647 from 9:30 am until 5:45 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Last Updated on 08/07/2015.

Muskegon Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

Please note: The Muskegon Housing Commission covers Muskegon County, MI.

The Muskegon Housing Commission (MHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is s opening soon for application submission for one day only, on May 18, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm ET.

Please note: 

  • Applicants can only submit an application if they picked one up on May 12, 2016.
  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
To apply during the opening period, the completed application must be dropped off to the MHC office at the address above, on May 18, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, near elderly, disabled.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information. 

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

For more information, visit the MHC website, or call the office at (231) 722-2647.

Last Updated on 05/12/2016.

More information about Muskegon Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.muskegonhousing.org/.


About the Muskegon Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Muskegon Housing Commission manages 172 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 137 3 32
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $448 $630 $374
Monthly Cost $61,367 $1,891 $11,980

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Muskegon 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 25% having issued approximately 7 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 42 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 $10,949 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 67% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 10% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 51% 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, 63% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% 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.

57% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 52% of households with children have a female head of household. 78% of all households were headed by a female.

82% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 82% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Muskegon Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 14% include at least one person with a disability. 30% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 48% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 53% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Muskegon Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $275 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $574. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $151.



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.