I am looking for housing
What is affordable housing?
Subsidized affordable housing usually falls into these categories:
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV rental assistance program or tenant-based Section 8)
Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers (PBV program or project-based Section 8)
Some housing is subsidized but not necessarily affordable. For example, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program provides subsidies to private developers. In exchange for a tax break, developers are required to rent a portion of their units to people with incomes below the Area Median Income (AMI) in the metropolitan area. Because the AMI used to calculate rent payments in Detroit includes higher-income suburbs, these rents are usually not affordable to Detroiters. Learn more about AMI in this video.
How to apply or join a waitlist for subsidized affordable housing
Complete a pre-application with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
You can find the pre-application here. By filling this form out, you will join an online waiting list. If waiting lists in all counties are closed, you cannot fill out a pre-application.
MSHDA maintains separate waiting lists for each county in Michigan and uses a preference ranking system to sort and select names from each waiting list. You may only apply once and your best chance of being selected is to apply for the waiting list in the county where you live or work.
Apply or join a waiting list for a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV program or tenant-based Section 8) through your local Public Housing Authority (PHA).
To apply for a Housing Choice Voucher outside of Detroit, visit one of these PHAs.
If you are selected, you'll have to provide lots of paperwork (birth certificates, ID, proof of income, etc.) for all members of your household.
**Note: It is important to keep your information current and updated with the PHA. If not, you will be removed from the list and have to start all over again.
Apply or join a waiting list for a Program Based Voucher (PBV program or project-based Section 8)
There is no online or centralized system to apply for a PBV, meaning you must apply with the specific PBV location you are interested in. You can apply to more than one location.
Visit this page on DHC's website for a list of project-based site locations (buildings that offer project-based vouchers). For additional program applications visit DHC’s office at 2211 Orleans, Detroit 48207.
Apply or join a wait list for Public Housing
There is no online or centralized system to apply for Public Housing.
Visit this page on DHC's website for a list of Public Housing units. You must call each one to see if their wait list is open.
Did you know?
You can apply for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers even if you don't live in the county where it is being offered. You will have to live in that county for at least a year, then you can move to another county within the state.