Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Wayne County, MI

Discover affordable housing in Wayne County where there are 585+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Wayne County, Michigan

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Wayne County, Michigan
$14.12 (+137%) more than Michigan minimum wage and $17.20 (+237%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve Wayne County, Michigan?

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Operates the Public Housing, Homeownership Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, Family Unification Program (FUP), Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Wayne County, Michigan.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Wayne County, Michigan.
Operates the Family Unification Program (FUP), Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), Family Self-Sufficiency, Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Wayne County, Michigan.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Wayne County, Michigan.
Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Wayne County, Michigan.
Operates the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Family Self-Sufficiency, Homeownership Voucher, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs for Wayne County, Michigan.

Go to the Michigan Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Wayne County.

How many renters live in Wayne County, Michigan?

The County of Wayne County has 1,757,043 people living in 691,389 households.

There are 542,164 renters living in 238,738 renter households in this County. Renters make up 30.86 percent of the population living in Wayne County.

What is the rental market like in Wayne County, Michigan?

There are an estimated 790,980 housing units in the Wayne County area. Of these, 253,124 units are rental homes, making up 32 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Wayne County, Michigan, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Wayne County?

The rental vacancy rate in Wayne County is 5 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Wayne County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Wayne County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
7,691 61,994 83,091 70,030 12,621
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Wayne County

A large number of apartments in Wayne County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Wayne County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 51 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 28 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Wayne County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $920 to $1,719. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $920
One BR $1,019
Two BR $1,291
Three BR $1,595
Four BR $1,719
2024 Fair Market Rents in Wayne County, Michigan

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Wayne County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 4,164 54 percent
One BR 44,881 72 percent
Two BR 51,689 62 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Wayne County, Michigan

How many affordable rental units are in Wayne County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Wayne County, Michigan including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 24,012
Public Housing 5,957
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 15,350
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance 49
Section 236 Rental Assistance 172
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 1,409
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 67
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Wayne County, Michigan

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Wayne County, Michigan

Wayne County features 23,818 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 Wayne County, Michigan

There are 16,079 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Wayne County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Wayne County, Michigan

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Wayne County, Michigan for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,162 and $1,420.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.