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Information for Participants in the GRHC Section 8 Program

For Families on the Waiting List

We are currently serving households on the waiting list established in 2017.

It is each applicant’s responsibility to notify the GRHC of any change of address—applicants are informed by U.S. Mail when their name reaches the top of the waiting list. Information can be updated online via a secure Application Update Form. To update an application by U.S. Mail, please download a printable update form to get the necessary paperwork.

How the Section 8 Program Works 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 household 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 Section 8 Coordinator for approval.
  • Your family will pay any required security deposit; under Michigan law, this cannot exceed one and one-half month’s 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.


















For Those Who Currently Have a Section 8 Voucher

NEW Rental Assistance Center!

The Grand Rapids Housing Commission is partnering with the City of Grand Rapids to offer a Rental Assistance Center that serves Grand Rapids residents who earn 80 percent or less of the Area Median Income (currently $55,900 for a family of four) and who have had a rental housing application denied by a landlord.

This free service helps prospective renters identify and overcome credit problems, poor landlord references and other issues that can impede their ability to find housing.

Click Rental Assistance Center for more information and a link to the Rental Readiness Program’s easy-to-complete online application form.

Direct Deposit Available

The GRHC offers direct deposit of Utility Assistance Payments! Current Section 8 clients can click Direct Deposit to reach the secure online form that makes this 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. Download Direct Deposit Form to get a PDF version of the form.

Search for Rental Property

Section 8 rental unit listings are searchable on the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) website. Click Michigan Housing Locator to start your apartment search.

*DISCLAIMER: The Housing Commission is pleased to offer the convenience of links to organizations that provide a variety of housing and emergency services. Please note that the linked sites are external to the GRHC’s website. The GRHC cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by linked sites. The GRHC disclaims all responsibility for the contents and results provided through linked websites.

Transfer a Section 8 Voucher

The Section 8 Program allows a household to transfer its voucher to another city. The first step in this process is to contact your GRHC Section 8 Coordinator. Download How to Transfer to get an overview of the voucher transfer process.

Tenant Responsibilities
Participants in the GRHC’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program are responsible for: