Affordable Housing In Detroit
Wayne County, Michigan

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There are 389 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 26,959 affordable apartments for rent in Detroit, Michigan. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 15,055 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 7,507 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Detroit. There are 18,535 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Detroit are the Detroit Housing Commission, Plymouth Housing Commission and Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Detroit

Image of Heritage Place at Magnolia for Seniors
3701 15th Street
Detroit, Michigan
Heritage Place at Magnolia for Seniors is a 88 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Detroit. Rents at Heritage Place at Magnolia for Seniors are $816-979.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Detroit.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Image of 8330 On the River
8330 E. Jefferson
Detroit, Michigan
8330 On the River is a 280 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Detroit. Rents at 8330 On the River are 648.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Rental Assistance Payments Section 236 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Project Based Rental Assistance
Image of Meyers Plaza Co-op Senior Apartments
18000 Meyers Road
Detroit, Michigan
Meyers Plaza Co-op Senior Apartments is a 75 unit low income housing apartment community in Detroit.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
Image of Gratiot Woods Co-op Senior Apartments
5500 McClellan
Detroit, Michigan
Gratiot Woods Co-op Senior Apartments is a 62 unit low income housing apartment community in Detroit.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
Image of Rio Vista Detroit Co-op Senior Apartments
1250 18th Street
Detroit, Michigan
Rio Vista Detroit Co-op Senior Apartments is a 65 unit low income housing apartment community in Detroit.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Detroit.
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Understanding Affordable Housing in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 389
Total Low Income Apartments 26,959
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 15,055
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.59%
Average Renter Household Size 2.56
Total Population 690,074
Housing Units 255,740
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $25,764 ±$408
Median Rent $747 ±$7
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 57.94% ± 1.17pp

Population and Household Demographics

Detroit is a City in Wayne County, Michigan with a population of 690,074. There are 255,740 households in the city with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 50.59% of households in Detroit are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Detroit

The median gross income for households in Detroit is $25,764 a year, or $2,147 a month. The median rent for the city is $747 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Detroit, a household making less than $2,490 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 57.94% of households who rent are overburdened in Detroit.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.17 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Detroit

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 Detroit, the AMI is calculated from all households within Wayne County.

In Detroit, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $68,600

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 Detroit

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.

Detroit HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $14,450 $16,500 $20,420 $24,600 $28,780 $32,960 $37,140 $41,320
50% $24,050 $27,450 $30,900 $34,300 $37,050 $39,800 $42,550 $45,300
80% $38,450 $43,950 $49,450 $54,900 $59,300 $63,700 $68,100 $72,500

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Detroit

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2012, 276 low income apartment communities containing 13,354 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Detroit by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Detroit by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Detroit Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $24,050 $27,450 $30,900 $34,300 $37,050 $39,800 $42,550 $45,300
HERA 50% $25,450 $29,050 $32,700 $36,300 $39,250 $42,150 $45,050 $47,950
60% $28,860 $32,940 $37,080 $41,160 $44,460 $47,760 $51,060 $54,360
HERA 60% $30,540 $34,860 $39,240 $43,560 $47,100 $50,580 $54,060 $57,540

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Detroit is $37,080 a year, or $3,090 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,090 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $927 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $601 $644 $773 $892 $995 $1,098
60% $722 $773 $927 $1,070 $1,194 $1,318
Fair Market Rents in Detroit

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$578 $701 $911 $1,207 $1,300