Section 8 Waiting List in Michigan

Michigan's 131 public housing authorities maintain individual Section 8 housing waiting lists 2017 for each of the 83 counties. In order to be placed on the low income housing waiting list in Michigan, residents must have first submitted the HUD application to the public housing authority in their region. For a listing of MI public housing authorities by region, the HUD applicant can go online where the information has been made public for anyone to access. The Section 8 waiting list in MI is for those who have completed and submitted an application and have been accepted into the Section 8 program. The Section 8 waiting list is accessible only by those whose names appear on the list to protect the privacy of those involved in the program. Once an applicant's name rises to the top of the Section 8 waiting list in their county, he or she will be contacted and directed to their next course of action. Vouchers for the Section 8 programs are not made directly available to the Section 8 participant, but are delivered on the participant's behalf by the PHA to the landlord.

To learn more about the Section 8 waiting lists in Michigan, refer to the following topics:

  • The Section 8 housing program application waiting list in Michigan
  • Remaining on the low income housing waiting list in Michigan
  • How to check waiting list status for Section 8 in Michigan

The Section 8 Housing Program Application Waiting List in Michigan

Nearly 50 percent of the counties in Michigan still have a Section 8 waiting list that is currently accepting applications. To see a listing of which Section 8 waiting lists are open, an applicant can go online to view which counties' lists are currently open. The best way to check waiting list status for Section 8 is to check online using the unique code that was given to the Section 8 recipient upon application approval. The code allows personal access to the low income housing waiting lists where the applicant's name appears. All other low income housing waiting lists will not be accessible. Many who are in a county where the lists are closed ask, "When will the Section 8 waiting lists open to take applications, again?" As a general rule, to find out any information about Section 8 waiting lists, the best way is to make an appointment to speak with a PHA agent or to refer to the individual housing authority online, where most information is kept up to date. Many local PHA offices also have printed material that also offers information about Section 8 waiting lists and what to do once a person's name rises to the top of the lists.

As a rule, low income housing waiting lists in Michigan are open when there are vacant rental units, and are closed when there are no longer vacancies. While the individual PHA offices will not notify someone of their position on the Section 8 waiting lists, they will notify those applicants whose names have risen to the top of the list and notify them when they are eligible to move into their new home. The Section 8 waiting list can also be mailed to a verified participant as long as the applicant sends in a written request.

Remaining on the Low Income Housing Waiting List in Michigan

Removal from the Section 8 housing program application waiting lists in Michigan can occur. Most often removal from the low income housing waiting list happens because the participant has failed to respond to correspondence sent out by the housing authorities or when information has changed and the applicant has not updated their application. Others are removed from the Section 8 housing program application waiting lists because new information has been learned by the housing authority in regard to the applicant or someone in their household.

How to Check Waiting List Status for Section 8 in Michigan

Those Michigan Section 8 participants who would like to check waiting list status for Section 8 housing can do so easily online. Using a unique code, participants simply select the county where they applied then place the code in the area provided. Once opened, the county's waiting list is available for viewing. Participants who are on the low income housing waiting list in Michigan can see where they are on the list or if their name is still on the list.

New applicants should keep in mind that the low income housing waiting list in Michigan is updated sporadically in each county, so if their name is not yet on the list then that may indicate that the application is still processing. Verifying information on a HUD application does take time and a participant will not be able to access the low income housing waiting list in Michigan until everything is verified.


What is Section 8?

The Section 8 program was created by the federal government to assist low-income individuals and families with finding affordable private housing. To learn how you can become a member of this assistance program, download our helpful guide today. Beneficiaries of the program have a percentage of their rent covered by the government via housing subsidies, which are administered on a local level by public housing agencies or PHAs directly to landlords. Section 8 members are allowed to choose apartments, townhouses or even modest homes in this program, but the landlord must accept government subsidies in order for the provided housing vouchers to be used. Learn more about how you can qualify for housing assistance and discover the steps to file an application by clicking here.


How much will my housing subsidy be?

As a Section 8 beneficiary, you will pay the difference between your landlord’s rent amount and how much your housing subsidy covers. To find out how you can get a housing subsidy, download our guide now. If you are accepted into the Section 8 program, your public housing agency will calculate the maximum assistance you can receive. Your maximum housing assistance will either be the total rent of your apartment/home minus 30 percent of your adjusted monthly income or it will be the payment standard less 30 percent of your adjusted monthly income, whichever amount is lower. To find out how Section 8 can benefit you today, click here.