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Affordable Housing In Detroit
Wayne County, Michigan


Waiting List Openings In Detroit

Waiting ListStatus
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

285 Low Income Apartment Communities In Detroit

Meyers Plaza Co-op Senior Apartments

18000 Meyers Road
Detroit, Michigan
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Gratiot Woods Co-op Senior Apartments

5500 McClellan St.
Detroit, Michigan
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Rio Vista Detroit Co-op Senior Apartments

1250 18th St
Detroit, Michigan
Income Based
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Heritage Place at Magnolia for Seniors

3701 15th Street
Detroit, Michigan
$816-979
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

8330 On the River

8330 E. Jefferson
Detroit, Michigan
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

River Towers

7800 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, Michigan
$599-722
1-2 BR
Subsidized
62+

Fenimore Court Apartments

1941 Chene Ct
Detroit, Michigan
$893-1,492
1-2 BR

Village of Oakman Manor

14000 Woodrow Wilson St
Detroit, Michigan
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Bicentennial Tower

4 E Alexandrine St
Detroit, Michigan
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

Plymouth Square Village Apartments

20201 Plymouth Rd
Detroit, Michigan
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Detroit

Housing Authority Programs
Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Moderate Rehabilitation; Family Unification Program (FUP)
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)
River Rouge Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Ferndale Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Melvindale Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Plymouth Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Family Self-Sufficiency; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD); Family Unification Program (FUP)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Detroit, Michigan

There are 285 low income housing apartment communities offering 25,717 affordable apartments for rent in Detroit, Michigan.

Income Based Apartments in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit features 13,865 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 Detroit, Michigan

There are 11,422 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Detroit.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Detroit, Michigan

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Detroit, Michigan for a two-bedroom apartment is between $879 and $1,075.

2020 Detroit, 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
Fair Market Rent $639 $764 $977 $1,266 $1,376
Payment Standard Range $575 to $703 $688 to $840 $879 to $1,075 $1,139 to $1,393 $1,238 to $1,514

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Detroit, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 285
Total Low Income Apartments 25,717
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 13,865
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.59%
Average Renter Household Size 2.56
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $25,764 ±$408
Median Rent $747 ±$7
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 57.94% ± 1.17pp
Total Population 690,074

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.

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 $78,500

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.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Detroit

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,500 $18,850 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $27,500 $31,400 $35,350 $39,250 $42,400 $45,550 $48,700 $51,850
80% of Median $44,000 $50,250 $56,550 $62,800 $67,850 $72,850 $77,900 $82,900