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Traverse City Housing Commission

150 Pine Street
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan 49684

Traverse City Housing Commission is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of January 18th, 2021, Traverse City Housing Commission has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Traverse City Housing Commission serves Antrim County, Benzie County, Grand Traverse County, Kalkaska County, Leelanau County and Wexford County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Traverse City Housing Commission Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Traverse City Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Traverse City Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Traverse City Housing Commission Website: https://traversecityhc.wordpress.com/.

Traverse City Housing Commission Phone: (231) 922-4915.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

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

The TCHC offers two Public Housing communities with 136 units for families and senior/disabled individuals.

To apply, visit the TCHC to pick up a pre-application, located at 150 Pine Street, Traverse City MI 49684, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thurday; and on Fridays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

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

No documents are needed at this time.

The TCHC does not have a preference. 

Qualified applicants will be placed on the waiting list by the date and time the application is received.

More information can be found by visiting the TCHC website, or by calling (231) 922-4915 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Thurday; and on Fridays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (231)922-4915.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/07/2015.

Other Traverse City Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Closed: Traverse City Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List


Please note: The Traverse City Housing Commission covers locations within a 50-mile radius of the main office, which includes the Counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford, MI.

The Traverse City Housing Commission (TCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened for more than one month in July 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.



To apply in 2014, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. The pre-application was available online only.


Please note: The waiting list closed once 250 pre-applications were accepted.


For more information, visit the TCHA website, or call the office at (231) 922-4915.

Last Updated on 10/23/2015.

About Traverse City Housing Commission

More information about Traverse City Housing Commission can be found on its website at https://traversecityhc.wordpress.com/.

Representatives of Traverse City Housing Commission may be available by phone at (231) 922-4915. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 01/18/2021, it is not known if Traverse City Housing Commission is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Traverse City Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Traverse City Housing Commission manages 174 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 166 4 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $563 $355 $528
Monthly Cost $93,535 $1,421 $2,112

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Traverse City 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 11% having issued approximately 15 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $12,954 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 68% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% 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 79% 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, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% 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.

36% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 77% 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 Traverse City Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 39% include at least one person with a disability. 63% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 84% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 44% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Traverse City Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $321 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $564. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Traverse City Housing Commission

Riverview Terrace

150 Pine St
Traverse City, Michigan