Affordable Housing In Grand Rapids
Kent County, Michigan

79 Low Income Apartment Communities In Grand Rapids

Diamond Place

1003 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
$999-1,600
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Allen Manor Senior Housing

532 James Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Plymouth Arms

1836 Mason St
Grand Rapids, MI
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Southview Apartments

1033 College Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI
$600-750
1 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Cambridge Square of Grand Rapids

1836 Mason St NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Grandview Apartments

1925 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
62+

St. James Apartments

101 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Suite 2
Grand Rapids, MI
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

LaGrave At Tapestry Square

435 LaGrave Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Accepts Vouchers

Camelot Woods II

3857 Camelot Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Subsidized

Breton Village Green

2305 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Grand Rapids

Housing Authority Programs
Kent County Community Action Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Grand Rapids Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Mainstream Voucher; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)
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)
Wyoming Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Grand Rapids, Michigan

There are 79 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,000 affordable apartments for rent in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Income Based Apartments in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids features 2,261 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 Grand Rapids, Michigan

There are 2,739 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Grand Rapids.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a two-bedroom apartment is between $866 and $1,058.

2020 Grand Rapids, 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 $686 $789 $962 $1,296 $1,481
Payment Standard Range $617 to $755 $710 to $868 $866 to $1,058 $1,166 to $1,426 $1,333 to $1,629

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Grand Rapids, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 79
Total Low Income Apartments 5,000
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,261
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 45.72%
Average Renter Household Size 2.49
Average Household Size 2.54
Median Household Income $40,355 ±$774
Median Rent $783 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.36% ± 2.06pp
Total Population 192,416

Population and Household Demographics

Grand Rapids is a City in Kent County, Michigan with a population of 192,416. There are 73,026 households in the city with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 45.72% of households in Grand Rapids are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Grand Rapids

The median gross income for households in Grand Rapids is $40,355 a year, or $3,363 a month. The median rent for the city is $783 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Grand Rapids, a household making less than $2,610 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.36% of households who rent are overburdened in Grand Rapids.1

Area Median Income In Grand Rapids

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 Grand Rapids, the AMI is calculated from all households within Kent County.

In Grand Rapids, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $76,600

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 Grand Rapids

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 Grand Rapids HUD Rental Assistance in Grand Rapids

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,100 $18,400 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,850 $30,650 $34,500 $38,300 $41,400 $44,450 $47,500 $50,600
80% of Median $42,950 $49,050 $55,200 $61,300 $66,250 $71,150 $76,050 $80,950