Affordable Housing In Lansing
Ingham County, Michigan

Lansing city limits extend into  Clinton CountyIngham County,  and  Eaton County.


Waiting List Openings In Lansing

Waiting ListStatus
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

55 Low Income Apartment Communities In Lansing

Porter Apartments

505 Townsend St
Lansing, MI
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Alison House

943 Alison House Ln
Lansing, MI
Income Based
1-2 BR
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Edgewood Villas

1010 W Edgewood Blvd
Lansing, MI
$668-969
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Pinebrook Manor

5925 S Waverly Rd
Lansing, MI
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Subsidized

Delta River Senior Village

6090 W. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Grandhaven Manor

3223 W Mount Hope Ave
Lansing, MI
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Capitol Commons

500 S Pine St
Lansing, MI
Subsidized

Elmwood Park

1030 Woodale Ln
Lansing, MI
Subsidized

Riverfront

601 N Cedar St
Lansing, MI
Subsidized

Summer Place Townhouses

4901 S Waverly Rd
Lansing, MI
Subsidized

There are 55 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,804 affordable apartments for rent in Lansing. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 2,706 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Lansing, HUD housing programs support 1,731 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 2,098 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Lansing

Housing Authority Programs
Lansing Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Services Mid Michigan Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Mainstream Voucher
Michigan State Housing Development Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Lansing, Michigan

Lansing, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 55
Total Low Income Apartments 4,804
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 2,706
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 49.21%
Average Renter Household Size 2.37
Total Population 114,485
Housing Units 48,414
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $35,563 ±$1,091
Median Rent $734 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.61% ± 2.82pp

Population and Household Demographics

Lansing is a City in Ingham County, Michigan with a population of 114,485. There are 48,414 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 49.21% of households in Lansing are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Lansing

The median gross income for households in Lansing is $35,563 a year, or $2,964 a month. The median rent for the city is $734 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Lansing, a household making less than $2,447 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.61% of households who rent are overburdened in Lansing.1

Area Median Income In Lansing

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 Lansing, the AMI is calculated from all households within Ingham County.

In Lansing, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $74,300

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 Lansing

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 Lansing HUD Rental Assistance in Lansing

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,650 $17,850 $21,330 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $26,050 $29,750 $33,450 $37,150 $40,150 $43,100 $46,100 $49,050
80% of Median $41,650 $47,600 $53,550 $59,450 $64,250 $69,000 $73,750 $78,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Lansing

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2011, 32 low income apartment communities containing 1,784 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Lansing 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 Lansing

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $26,050 $29,750 $33,450 $37,150 $40,150 $43,100 $46,100 $49,050
60% of Median $31,260 $35,700 $40,140 $44,580 $48,180 $51,720 $55,320 $58,860

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 Lansing is $40,140 a year, or $3,345 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,345 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,004 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% $651 $698 $836 $966 $1,078 $1,189
60% $782 $837 $1,004 $1,160 $1,293 $1,427
Fair Market Rents in Lansing

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$660 $730 $908 $1,201 $1,345