Campau Commons Apartments duplexes line Antoine Street

Frequently Asked Questions

Reading FAQs can be a fast way to find answers to some of your questions about Grand Rapids Housing Commission programs. If you don’t find the information you need, please contact us.

General Questions

Questions about GRHC-Managed Family and Retirement Developments

How do I apply for housing assistance?
To apply for housing through the Grand Rapids Housing Commission Low-Income Public Housing or Project-Based Programs, please complete and submit our online Preliminary Application.

The GRHC is not currently accepting new Section 8 applicants, however, the Section 8 waiting list will be open to new applicants June 19-30. Click “How to Apply” for more information about the Section 8 application process.

I am homeless or need immediate housing assistance. How do I apply for emergency housing?
The GRHC administers Hope Community, a rapid re-housing program that serves homeless women and their children, however, we are not primarily an emergency housing provider. To get information about emergency housing resources, please contact The Salvation Army Social Services.

I currently live outside of the Grand Rapids area. Can I still apply for housing?
Yes, however, please be aware that our agency-administered family and retirement housing developments are required to serve households currently living within the City of Grand Rapids before we can serve those applying from outside of our area.

The GRHC is not currently accepting new Section 8 applicants, however, the Section 8 waiting list will be open to new applicants June 19-30. Click “How to Apply” for more information about the Section 8 application process. Please be aware that we are required to serve Kent County residents before we can serve those applying from outside of our area.

How do I apply for employment with the Grand Rapids Housing Commission?
We accept employment applications only when we have an open position. Employment opportunities are advertised in local media and on our website—please check the Employment page of our website for updates.

How do I report a housing code violation or file a complaint about my rental housing?
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission administers affordable housing programs for low-income families and is not a primary agency for City code enforcement.

If you are a GRHC Section 8 client, please contact your Section 8 Coordinator. If you rent at a GRHC-administered housing development, please contact your GRHC Housing Management staff.

Renters who do not participate in GRHC housing programs should report possible housing code violations to the City of Grand Rapids Code Compliance Division.

I have moved since applying for housing. How do I update the information on my housing application?
You can update your information online via a secure Application Update Form, or by completing and returning a PDF version of the form.

What exactly needs to be updated on my previously submitted housing application?
It’s very important that you keep your current mailing address on file with the GRHC. When your name reaches the top of our waiting list, you will be contacted by U.S. Mail at the address we have on file. Changes to family composition and income should also be reported.

How do I check the status of my housing application?
Please call our Waiting List Specialist at 616-232-2600; office hours are Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.

How long is the wait to rent family housing at Campau Commons or Creston Plaza Apartments?
The wait to rent at Campau Commons varies by unit size. Approximate current average wait times for applicants who currently live in Grand Rapids are:

one bedroom: seven years*

two bedrooms: four years

three bedrooms: two years

four bedrooms: two years

*Senior citizen, or disabled and over age 50.

How long is the wait to rent a retirement apartment?
The wait varies by development:
Leonard Terrace Apartments, Mount Mercy Apartments, Ransom Tower Apartments: 3-6 months
Sheldon Apartments: approximately 2 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions about the Section 8 Application Process and Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

How does the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program work?
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program assists low-income households by paying private rental property owners a portion of the total rent. Qualified participants can transfer their rental assistance to other cities or areas of the country.

Is the Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) accepting new applicants to its Section 8 Program?
The GRHC is accepting new applicants through 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2017. Click Apply for Section 8 to reach the required application form.

Is the GRHC’s Section 8 application process “first come, first served?” Is there an advantage to applying early during the open enrollment period?
No. Once the application period has concluded, a computerized random lottery will select 5,000 applicants to be added to our Section 8 waiting list. All Kent County households applying throughout the two-week application period will have an equal opportunity to be added to the waiting list. Placement of applicants on the list will also be by random lottery.

How will I know whether my application was selected in the random lottery and added to the GRHC’s Section 8 waiting list?
Beginning July 10, 2017, you will find a "check your Section 8 application status" link here and under "Quick Links" on the GRHC website home page, www.grhousing.org.

I recently applied for Section 8 at a different local housing authority. Does this mean I am already on the Grand Rapids Housing Commission Section 8 waiting list and don’t need to apply during the GRHC’s June 19-30 open enrollment period?
There are several housing authorities that offer Section 8 programs in Kent County; these are all independently administered and do not share waiting lists. The GRHC has one of the larger Section 8 programs in our area, with 3,290 vouchers. If you would like to apply to the Grand Rapids Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, you must complete and submit our Online Waiting List Pre-Application form by 11:59 p.m. June 30.

I am currently on the GRHC Section 8 waiting list that was created in 2014. Do I have to reapply to stay on the waiting list, or will my position on the waiting list change as a result of the open enrollment period?
You do not need to reapply and your position on the list will not change as a result of the open enrollment period. The GRHC will exhaust the current waiting list before we begin to serve those who apply June 19‑30.

I applied to the GRHC’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in 2014, but my application was not among the 4,000 added to the waiting list at that time. Is my 2014 Section 8 application still valid or do I have to reapply to the waiting list during the June 19-30 open enrollment period?
Your 2014 application is not valid; you must reapply if you would like to be included in the lottery for the new waiting list that will be created this month.

I am currently on the Section 8 waiting list. How do I get information about my status on the list?
Please call the GRHC Waiting List Specialist at 616-235-2600. Office hours are Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.

NOTE: If you applied for Section 8 through another housing authority, you will need to contact that agency regarding the status of your application.

I currently live at an apartment complex that accepts Section 8. Does this mean I can get part of my rent paid by Section 8?
To receive a Section 8 rental subsidy, you must have applied for and been awarded a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. If you are NOT currently on our Section 8 waiting list, we suggest that you apply to our program during the June 19-30 open enrollment period.

If you are currently on our Section 8 waiting list, we will contact you by U.S. Mail at the time your name reaches the top of the list. If you are eligible for a Section 8 voucher at that time, the Section 8 Program will pay a portion of the rent for the eligible housing of your choice. Please be sure to keep your mailing address updated as we will contact you at the address we have on file. You can update your application online via a secure Application Update Form, or click PDF version of the Application Update Form to download a printable version of the necessary paperwork.

Where can I find a listing of available Section 8 apartments?
The GRHC refers Section 8 clients to Michigan Housing Locator, a free online housing rental database provided by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

I own rental property. Where can I get information about participating in the Section 8 program?
Please click Information for Property Owners to view a page of our website that offers Section 8 information of interest to rental property owners.

I own rental property. Can I list available Section 8 rental units with the GRHC?
The GRHC does not maintain a listing of available rental properties. We refer property owners who want to list their units to Michigan Housing Locator, a free rental listing/search database operated by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).