About Traverse City Housing Commission

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

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

Traverse City Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

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.

Last Updated on 08/07/2015.

Traverse City Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

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.

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


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Traverse City Housing Commission manages 159 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 148 4 7
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $520 $266 $458
Monthly Cost $76,930 $1,065 $3,208

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.