Affordable Housing In Big Rapids
Mecosta County, Michigan

12 Low Income Apartment Communities In Big Rapids

Meadow Park Apartments

1835 Milton
Big Rapids, Michigan
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Ryan Creek II Apartments

18890 16 Mile Rd
Big Rapids, Michigan
1-3 BR

Ryan Creek Apartments

18966 16 Mile Rd
Big Rapids, Michigan
1-3 BR

Nisbett - Fairman Residences

100 S Michigan Ave
Big Rapids, Michigan

Apple Ridge Apartments

1129 Fuller Ave
Big Rapids, Michigan

Village Green Apartments

1304 Catherine Street
Big Rapids, Michigan

Watertower Place Big Rapids

715 Water Tower Rd
Big Rapids, Michigan
Disabled Supportive Housing

Evergreen Village

1 Parkview Vlg
Big Rapids, Michigan

Parkview Village

609 Adams St
Big Rapids, Michigan

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Big Rapids, Michigan

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Big Rapids, Michigan

Housing Authority Programs
Big Rapids Housing Commission Public Housing
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Baldwin Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Big Rapids, Michigan

There are 12 low income housing apartment communities offering 706 affordable apartments for rent in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Income Based Apartments in Big Rapids, Michigan

Big Rapids features 402 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Big Rapids, Michigan

There are 304 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Big Rapids.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Big Rapids, Michigan

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Big Rapids landlords $600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Big Rapids.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Big Rapids, Michigan for a two-bedroom apartment is between $689 and $843.

2022 Big Rapids, Michigan Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Big Rapids, Michigan Fair Market Rent $552 $646 $766 $974 $1,136
Big Rapids, Michigan Payment Standard Range $497 to $607 $581 to $711 $689 to $843 $877 to $1,071 $1,022 to $1,250

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Big Rapids, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 12
Total Low Income Apartments 706
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 402
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 60.05%
Average Renter Household Size 2.54
Average Household Size 2.61
Median Household Income $24,956 ±$3,412
Median Rent $533 ±$23
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 55.31% ± 8.17pp
Total Population 10,532

Population and Household Demographics

Big Rapids is a city in Mecosta County, Michigan with a population of 10,532. There are 2,966 households in the city with an average household size of 2.61 persons. 60.05% of households in Big Rapids are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Big Rapids

The median gross income for households in Big Rapids is $24,956 a year, or $2,080 a month. The median rent for the city is $533 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Big Rapids, a household making less than $1,777 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 55.31% of households who rent are overburdened in Big Rapids.

Area Median Income In Big Rapids

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Big Rapids, the AMI is calculated from all households within Mecosta County.

In Big Rapids, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $61,400

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Big Rapids

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Big Rapids

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Big Rapids AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$13,550 $17,420 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,000 $42,600
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Big Rapids AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$22,600 $25,800 $29,050 $32,250 $34,850 $37,450 $40,000 $42,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Big Rapids AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$36,150 $41,300 $46,450 $51,600 $55,750 $59,900 $64,000 $68,150