Westland Housing Commission

32150 Dorsey Street
Westland, Wayne County, Michigan 48186

Westland Housing Commission is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of November 30th, 2021, Westland Housing Commission has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Westland Housing Commission serves Westland.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Assisted Living Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Veterans Supportive Housing Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Westgate Towers Open Until Further Notice
Westland, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Westland Housing Commission Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Westland Housing Commission Website: http://www.cityofwestland.com.

Westland Housing Commission Phone: (734) 595-0288.

Open Until Further Notice: Assisted Living Project-Based Voucher 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Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.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 Waiting List

The Westland Housing Commission(PHA) Assisted Living Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at the communities listed below is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October 2020, until further notice.

  • Westland Assisted Living Communities:
    • American House, 1660 Venoy Rd., Westland  
    • American House, 39201 Joy Rd., Westland
    • American House, 35700 Hunter Rd., Westland
    • Marquette House, 36000 Campus Dr., Westland
    • Village of Westland, 32001 Cherry Hill Rd., Westland

Please note: According to the WHA website "The Assisted Living Housing Choice Voucher Program provides HCV Program voucher to eligible applicants, age 50 and over, who require the advantages of assisted living. "

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Visit the Jefferson Barnes Community Vitality Center, located at 32150 Dorsey St, Westland, MI 48186
  2. Call (734) 595-0288.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA, as of October 21, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Westland, Michigan.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (734) 713-3888.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 10/27/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Veterans Supportive Housing Project-Based Voucher 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 Waiting List

The Westland Housing Commission (PHA) Veterans Supportive Housing Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at the communities listed below is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October 2020, until further notice.

This waiting list is for the following communities;

  • Veteran’s Haven (1 bedroom apartments)
  • Safe Step (2 and 3 bedroom houses and duplex)

To apply during the opening period, contact Angela Koss, Housing Supervisor, Westland Housing Commission at (734) 793-9394 or akoss@cityofwestland.com.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA, as of October 21, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Westland, Michigan.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (734) 793-9394.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 10/27/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Westgate Towers 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 Waiting List

The Westland Housing Commission(PHA) Senior waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Westgate Towers is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least October 2020, until further notice.

Please note: According to the WHA website "The Westland Housing Commission processes housing voucher applications for Westgate Towers, an independent senior living community, ages 62+"

It is not known how applicants can apply for this waiting list.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the WHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the WHA, as of October 21, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Westland, Michigan.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (734) 729-2900.

Last Updated on 10/27/2020.

Other Westland Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Closed: Westland, Michigan Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Westland Housing Commission (WHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in August, 2019. Before that, it was open for two days in August, 2017; and for three days in November, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Live, working, or have been hired to work in Westland Michigan
  • All families with a head of household, cohead, or spouse that is an elderly or disabled person

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

According to the WHC, "Applicants can return to this website to check whether they were placed on the waiting list by clicking the “Search Existing Record” button. Do not call the WHC or City of Westland office to check whether you were placed on the waiting list."

For more information, visit the WHC website.

Last Updated on 10/02/2019.

About Westland Housing Commission

More information about Westland Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.cityofwestland.com.

Representatives of Westland Housing Commission may be available by phone at (734) 595-0288. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/30/2021, it is not known if Westland 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 Westland Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Westland Housing Commission manages 1,155 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 984 26 3
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $547 $435 $461
Monthly Cost $537,839 $11,319 $1,382

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.