Affordable Housing In Detroit
Wayne County, Michigan

303 Low Income Apartment Communities In Detroit

Utah Company Project 1

20286 Strasburg St
Detroit, Michigan

Eastside Detroit Homes

4834 Lakeview St
Detroit, Michigan

Utah Company Project 2

20099 Hamburg St
Detroit, Michigan

Victor Attar Court

1336 Porter St
Detroit, Michigan

Circle Drive Commons

1460 Robert Bradby Dr
Detroit, Michigan

Historic New Center

628 Delaware St
Detroit, Michigan

Morningside Commons Multifamily

4248 Alter Rd
Detroit, Michigan

Prince Hall Place Apartments

2199 Prince Hall Dr
Detroit, Michigan

Savannah Gardens

222 E Savannah St
Detroit, Michigan

15921 Dexter 3843 Puritan Chdo

15921 Dexter Ave
Detroit, Michigan

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Detroit, 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 Detroit, Michigan

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 303 low income housing apartment communities offering 27,018 affordable apartments for rent in Detroit, Michigan.

Income Based Apartments in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit features 14,591 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 11,876 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 $976 and $1,192.

2022 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
Detroit, Michigan Fair Market Rent $733 $848 $1,084 $1,371 $1,473
Detroit, Michigan Payment Standard Range $660 to $806 $763 to $933 $976 to $1,192 $1,234 to $1,508 $1,326 to $1,620

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Detroit, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 303
Total Low Income Apartments 27,018
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,591
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 $89,800

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Detroit AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,800 $21,500 $24,200 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Detroit AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$31,350 $35,800 $40,300 $44,750 $48,350 $51,950 $55,500 $59,100
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Detroit AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$50,150 $57,300 $64,450 $71,600 $77,350 $83,100 $88,800 $94,550