Michigan’s Section 8 Housing Program

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Section 8

Section  8 is a program that helps people with low-income pay for housing.  Because it is the state rather than federal, the rules may be different  from state to state. So if you are moving from someplace else, or have  familiarized yourself with Section 8 in another state, here is what you  need to know about the Section 8 program in Michigan:

Section 8 Eligibility in Michigan

In  Michigan, the Section 8 program is called the Housing Choice Voucher  program. It is funded by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  program and is administered by Michigan State Housing Development  Authority (MSHDA). Income limits for eligibility are determined by HUD  for each state. In Michigan, the three tiers of income limit are as  follows:

For a family of four

  • FY 2017 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL) $51,300
  • FY 2017 Very Low-Income (50%) Limit (VLIL) $32,050
  • FY 2017 Extremely Low-Income Limit (ELIL) $19.250

Those  amounts are based on average income in the state. They can vary a  little depending on the county. It is also important to note that income  is not the only requirement to be met. Eligibility also depends on the  following:

  • US citizenship or legal alien status
  • Criminal background check
  • Current with child support payments

Priority is given to the homeless, people with small children, pregnant women, the elderly, and the disabled.

How do I apply for Section 8 housing in Michigan?

You can get started with the application process online with the Waiting List Pre-application. The following information will be required:

  • Full legal name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Annual Income from all sources (before taxes or deductions)
  • If necessary, contact information for the person who will assist with completing future paperwork

There  are a couple of important disclaimers. Filling out the form does not  guarantee you a place on the waiting list. And you can only apply once.  Additional applications will not be accepted if you have already  applied.

You can apply at anytime when the waiting list is open.  Your best chance of getting on the waiting list is to apply to the  county where you presently live or work. You will get a confirmation  number. With that, you can check your waiting list status within 48  hours.

Michigan Section 8 Landlord

To receive payments  from the MSHDA, you must submit proof that you are the legal owner of  the rental, and that you are paid up on all property taxes. An easily  obtained document that would serve as proof is a copy of an insurance  policy that shows the landlord as the owner of the property. A statement  from the local tax authority that you are current is sufficient for the  tax verification.

To be eligible for Section 8 payments, the  rental must pass inspection. The Housing Choice Voucher program provides  the renter a great deal of flexibility. They can even remain in their  current rental provided it meets HUD standards. The property will be  reinspected annually.

Section 8 Waiting List Michigan

There  is no set period for how long you will be on the waiting list before  you are officially in the program. Nor can you apply wherever you like  at any time. You can only apply to a county with an open waiting list.

Counties are open for approximately 3 months at a time. You can see the current list of open counties here.  A development in Kent County, home of Grand Rapids, opened August 29,  2017. Presently, there is no information about when Detroit’s Wayne  County will be open.

The Housing Assessment and Resource Agency Service Contact List contains contact information for agencies that can qualify applicants for homeless preference. Homeless veterans may qualify for VASH  vouchers. Contact your VA case manager to apply.

The Most Important Step to Receiving Your Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

The  most important thing you can do to give yourself the best chance of  receiving Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers is to fill out your  application correctly. Any incorrect information or discrepancy will  result in an automatic rejection. So before you start filling out the  application, be sure that you have all the necessary information. And  double-check for errors.

If you have a disability, or for any  reason you feel you need help filling out the application, you can call  and get assistance. Reasonable accommodation will be provided. Remember,  you can only fill out one application. It is better to take a little  extra time to get help and doing it right than to do it quickly and make  a mistake.

Eligibility Team

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