Affordable Housing In Detroit
Wayne County, Michigan


Waiting List Openings In Detroit

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291 Low Income Apartment Communities In Detroit

Calumet II

4441 3rd St
Detroit, MI
Subsidized

Jefferson Square

541 Dickerson St
Detroit, MI
Subsidized

Marygrove Apartments Aka Mcgivney - Bethune

16850 Wyoming St
Detroit, MI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Canaan Manor

9539 Hayes St
Detroit, MI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Friendship Forest Park Village

3670 Chrysler Dr
Detroit, MI
Subsidized

Robert Holmes Teamster Housing

5100 Brush St
Detroit, MI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Evangelical Manor

6720 W Outer Dr
Detroit, MI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Mack Ashland

14711 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI
HCV Welcome

New Center Pavilion

666 W Bethune St
Detroit, MI
Subsidized

Gardenview Estates, Phase II C

16461 Van Buren St
Detroit, MI
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Detroit

Housing Authority Programs
Detroit Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); 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)
River Rouge 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)
Ferndale Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Detroit, Michigan

There are 291 low income housing apartment communities offering 26,230 affordable apartments for rent in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit features 14,110 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 11,690 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Detroit.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Detroit, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 291
Total Low Income Apartments 26,230
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,110
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.1

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 $76,300

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 Detroit 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 $16,050 $18,350 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,750 $30,550 $34,350 $38,150 $41,250 $44,300 $47,350 $50,400
80% of Median $42,750 $48,850 $54,950 $61,050 $65,950 $70,850 $75,750 $80,600
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, 275 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.

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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Detroit

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,750 $30,550 $34,350 $38,150 $41,250 $44,300 $47,350 $50,400
60% of Median $32,100 $36,660 $41,220 $45,780 $49,500 $53,160 $56,820 $60,480

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 $41,220 a year, or $3,435 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,435 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,031 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 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $669 $716 $859 $993 $1,108 $1,222
60% $803 $860 $1,031 $1,191 $1,329 $1,466
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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$639 $764 $977 $1,266 $1,376