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Bowin Place

15400 West Seven Mile Road
Detroit, Michigan
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9303 East Jefferson, Apt 107
Detroit, Michigan
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Gardenview Estates

16461 Van Buren Ave
Detroit, Michigan
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Friendship Meadows II

1003 Leland St
Detroit, Michigan

Friendship Meadows

1001 Leland St
Detroit, Michigan
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There are 12,719 low-income apartments in Detroit that offer reduced rents to eligible households. Low-income rents in Detroit, Michigan can range from $375 to $979 depending on the number of bedrooms.

Rental assistance programs support 14,810 low-income homes in Detroit where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $309 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on March 31st, 2023. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving 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.

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)
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Detroit, Michigan Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit features 14,810 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 12,719 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 $1,092 and $1,334.

2023 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 $845 $952 $1,213 $1,511 $1,629
Detroit, Michigan Payment Standard Range $761 to $930 $857 to $1,047 $1,092 to $1,334 $1,360 to $1,662 $1,466 to $1,792

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Detroit, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 312
Total Low Income Apartments 28,160
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,810
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 $94,700

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.
$19,900 $22,750 $25,600 $30,000 $35,140 $40,280 $45,420 $50,560
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.
$33,150 $37,900 $42,650 $47,350 $51,150 $54,950 $58,750 $62,550
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Detroit AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$53,050 $60,600 $68,200 $75,750 $81,850 $87,900 $93,950 $100,000