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About Affordable Housing In Wayne County

There are 567 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 51,499 subsidized apartments for rent in Wayne County, Michigan. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 23,396 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 11,123 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Wayne County. There are 24,280 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In Wayne County, the fair market rents range from $578 to $1,300. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in Wayne County read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Salisbury guide.

To qualify for low income housing in Wayne County a family of four would generally have to earn less than $33,450. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in Wayne County read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Wayne County guide.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Wayne County are the Detroit Housing Commission, Plymouth Housing Commission and Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

  • The Plymouth Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Closed.
  • The Detroit Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Open Indefinitely.
  • The Detroit Housing Commission Public Housing Waiting List is Open Now.
  • The Detroit Housing Commission Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List is Open Now.
  • The Plymouth Housing Commission Public Housing for Senior and Disabled Waiting List is Open Now.

The Detroit Housing Commission offers 32 Public Housing complexes containing 4,599 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

The Plymouth Housing Commission offers 1 Public Housing complexes containing 108 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in Wayne County

3701 15th Street
Heritage Place at Magnolia for Seniors is a 88 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Detroit. Rents at Heritage Place at Magnolia for Seniors start at $816-979.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Detroit.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
8330 E. Jefferson
8330 On the River is a 280 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Detroit. Rents at 8330 On the River start at $648.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Section 236 Rental Assistance Payments
11100 Wayne Road
Whispering Willows Co-op is a 65 unit low income housing apartment community in Romulus.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
18000 Meyers Road
Meyers Plaza Co-op is a 75 unit low income housing apartment community in Detroit.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
575 Sumpter
Belleville Co-op is a 61 unit low income housing apartment community in Belleville.
Some apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
These affordable apartments have been funded by the following programs:
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly

Housing Authorities that serve Wayne County

Understanding Affordable Housing in Wayne County, Michigan

Wayne County, MI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Population 1,820,584
Housing Units 702,749
Average Household Size 2.48
Average Renter Household Size 2.26
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.3%
Median Household Income $41,421 ±$325
Median Rent $797 ±$5
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.7% ± 0.71pp

Population and Household Demographics

Wayne County is a County in Michigan with a population of 1,820,584. There are 702,749 households in the county with an average household size of 2.48 persons. 35.3% of households in Wayne County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Wayne County

The median gross income for households in Wayne County is $41,421 a year, or $3,452 a month. The median rent for the county is $797 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Wayne County, a household making less than $2,657 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.7% of households who rent are overburdened in Wayne County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.71 percentage points.

Fair Market Rents in Wayne County

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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$578 $701 $911 $1,207 $1,300
Area Median Income In Wayne County

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.

In Wayne County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,900.

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Wayne County

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, 326 low income apartment communities containing 18,276 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Wayne County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Wayne County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

For affordable apartment communities in Wayne County that received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, monthly rent cannot exceed the Tax Credit maximum rent for the community.

If your income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you may qualify to rent a unit that is subject to the rent limits established by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,450 $36,150 $38,850 $41,500 $44,200
60% $28,140 $32,160 $36,180 $40,140 $43,380 $46,620 $49,800 $53,040
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent Limits

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.

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 Wayne County is $36,180 a year, or $3,015 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,015 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $905 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% $586 $628 $754 $870 $971 $1,071
60% $704 $754 $905 $1,044 $1,166 $1,286
Rental Assistance in Wayne County

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.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In Wayne County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $33,450 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $24,300.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
30% $14,050 $16,050 $20,160 $24,300 $28,440 $32,580 $36,730 $40,890
50% $23,450 $26,800 $30,150 $33,450 $36,150 $38,850 $41,500 $44,200
80% $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500 $57,800 $62,100 $66,350 $70,650

Cities In Wayne County

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City Listings Served By
Belleville 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Belleville is the Ann Arbor Housing Commission.
Canton 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Canton is the Ann Arbor Housing Commission.
Dearborn 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dearborn is the Dearborn Housing Commission.
Dearborn Heights 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dearborn Heights is the Dearborn Heights Housing Commission.
Detroit 410 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Detroit is the Detroit Housing Commission.
Ecorse 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ecorse is the Ecorse Housing Commission.
Garden City 2
Grosse Ile 1
Hamtramck 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hamtramck is the Hamtramck Housing Commission.
Harper Woods 3
Highland Park 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Highland Park is the Highland Park Housing Commission.
Inkster 15 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Inkster is the Inkster Housing Commission.
Lincoln Park 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lincoln Park is the Lincoln Park Housing Commission.
Livonia 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Livonia is the Livonia Housing Commission.
Plymouth 6
Redford 4
River Rouge 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves River Rouge is the River Rouge Housing Commission.
Riverview 4
Romulus 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Romulus are the Ann Arbor Housing Commission and Romulus Housing Commission.
Southgate 7
Taylor 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Taylor is the Taylor Housing Commission.
Trenton 2
Wayne 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Wayne is the Wayne Housing Commission.
Westland 22 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Westland is the Westland Housing Commission.
Woodhaven 1
Wyandotte 2