Information for GRHC Section 8 Clients
The GRHC now offers direct deposit of Utility Assistance Payments! Current Section 8 clients can click Direct Deposit Form to reach the secure online form that makes this new convenience possible. Simply complete and submit the form, attaching an electronic copy of your voided check, and we will deposit your Utility Assistance Payment directly into your checking or savings account each month. Click Download Direct Deposit Form to get a PDF version of the required form.
Section 8 rental unit listings are now searchable on the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) web site. Click Michigan Housing Locator to start your apartment search.* Be sure to check the "Accepts HCVs (Section 8)" box in the "Amenities" section of the search page.
For families on the GRHC's Section 8 waiting list:
We are currently serving applications numbered through 975.
Once your family's name has reached the top of the Section 8 waiting list...
- You will be invited to an orientation session that will confirm your program eligibility and level of assistance. Families generally contribute 30 percent of their total adjusted monthly income toward rent; the maximum a family can contribute is 40 percent of total adjusted income.
- Your family will be issued a voucher and can begin looking for rental housing within Kent County. The voucher will be valid for 60 days.
- Your family can choose to stay in your current residence if it meets program requirements, or you can rent a different unit from a property owner who participates in the Section 8 program.
- The apartment or house you choose will be inspected by GRHC staff to ensure that it meets HUD's Housing Quality Standards.
- Once any necessary repairs have been made and the housing you have selected passes inspection, you will submit a signed lease to your GRHC coordinator for approval.
- Your family will pay any required security deposit; under Michigan law, this cannot exceed one and one-half months' rent.
- You will pay your portion of the rent to the landlord each month. The GRHC will send Housing Assistance Payments— the difference between what you pay and the actual rent—directly to your landlord.
- Each year, your family's eligibility for assistance will be reconfirmed and your rental unit will be reinspected.
Participants in the GRHC's Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are responsible for:
- Providing the GRHC with complete and accurate information about family composition, income and assets.
- Promptly notifying the GRHC of any changes in family composition, income or assets.
- Locating rental housing within Kent County that meets the program quality and cost standards.
- Providing complete information about rental agreements with the rental property owner. The terms of a lease cannot be changed without the GRHC's written acknowledgement.
- Complying with all program and lease requirements, including paying the family's portion of the rent on time, informing the GRHC in advance of any move to a new rental unit, and obtaining preapproval of the new unit.
Q. How much rent does a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher cover?
A. The subsidy your family receives will be based on the lesser of:
- The number of bedrooms your household is qualified to rent, or...
- The number of bedrooms in the rental unit you select. The GRHC generally pays the rental property owner the difference between 30 percent of adjusted family income and a predetermined payment standard.
Q. What if my family chooses housing that has a rent above the payment standard?
A. If the rent is greater than the payment standard, your family must pay the additional amount. You cannot spend more than 40 percent of your household's adjusted monthly income on rent.
Q. Can my family move and continue to receive Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher assistance?
A. After you have lived in a rental unit for 12 months, moves are permitted as long as you get approval from the GRHC in advance, terminate the existing lease within the lease provisions and find alternate housing that meets program requirements.
Q. Can I transfer my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher from Grand Rapids to another city, or can I transfer my voucher from another city to Grand Rapids?
A. The Section 8 program generally allows families to transfer or "port" their voucher to a new location. The first step is to contact the Section 8 Coordinator at the housing authority with which you are currently working. Click Portability "How To" to download a flier that offers more information about the transfer process.
For more information about the Section 8 program, click
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Additional Resources for GRHC Section 8 Clients
The GRHC works with HUD and other partner organizations to link Section 8 assistance with other services low-income families can use to work toward economic independence. Click the links below to learn about two exciting resources many are using to build a financial "nest egg" and even to attain home ownership!