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About Westland Housing Commission

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

The Westland Housing Commission serves Westland.

Westland Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Westland, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Westland Housing Commission (WHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in August 2017; and prior to that for three days in November 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Westland, MI is about 20 miles west of Detroit, MI.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly, disabled, live or work in Westland.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences. Persons placed on the waiting list will be notified via mail by December 31, 2017.

For more information, visit the WHC website, or call the office at (734) 595-0288.

Last Updated on 08/19/2017.

More information about Westland Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.cityofwestland.com/departments/dept-of-housing-and-community-development/westland-housing-commission.


About the Westland Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Westland Housing Commission manages 1,278 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted Out
Vouchers1,0754612
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$494$398$798
Monthly Cost$531,359$18,290$9,577

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Westland 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 12% having issued approximately 104 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 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 10 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 $13,754 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 51% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 17% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 86% of all households were headed by a female.

65% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 63% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Westland Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 35% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

33% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 30% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 25% 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 Westland Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $399 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $577. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $109.



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.