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Affordable Housing In Grand Rapids
Kent County, Michigan

77 Low Income Apartment Communities In Grand Rapids

Cambridge Square of Grand Rapids

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

Diamond Place

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

Allen Manor Senior Housing

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

Plymouth Arms

1836 Mason Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Southview Apartments

1033 College Avenue
Grand Rapids, Michigan
$600-750
1 BR

Grandview Apartments

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

St. James Apartments

101 Sheldon Boulevard Southeast
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Pleasant Prospect Homes II

816 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Family & Senior

LaGrave At Tapestry Square

435 LaGrave Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Camelot Woods II

3857 Camelot Dr SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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 77 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,982 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 2,721 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 $895 and $1,093.

2021 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
Grand Rapids, Michigan Fair Market Rent $739 $817 $994 $1,309 $1,501
Grand Rapids, Michigan Payment Standard Range $665 to $813 $735 to $899 $895 to $1,093 $1,178 to $1,440 $1,351 to $1,651

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Grand Rapids, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 77
Total Low Income Apartments 4,982
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.

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 $80,000

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 HUD Rental Assistance in Grand Rapids

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Grand Rapids AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$16,800 $19,200 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Grand Rapids AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,000 $32,000 $36,000 $40,000 $43,200 $46,400 $49,600 $52,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Grand Rapids AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$44,800 $51,200 $57,600 $64,000 $69,150 $74,250 $79,400 $84,500