The GRHC is working with our residents and landlords to help families maintain stable housing. Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program clients and residents of our housing developments are encouraged to promptly report any change in income or circumstance that may necessitate income recertification.
Residents of GRHC developments should contact their GRHC Housing Management staff. GRHC Housing Choice Voucher program participants should email email@example.com to report their situation.
CDC Eviction Moratorium
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently instituted a nationwide eviction moratorium through 12/31/20 to help prevent people from becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium does not offer rental assistance or forgiveness.
Tenants seeking protection under the moratorium must complete a written CDC Declaration Form and submit this to the landlord. Eligibility information is included on the declaration form.
MSHDA Eviction Diversion Program
The State of Michigan Eviction Diversion Program is making financial assistance available to households affected by COVID-19-related housing debt; the state defines this as “money debt resulting at least in part from a breach of a residential lease, residential executory contract, or residential mortgage due to failure to make a required payment during a state of emergency or state of disaster arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) is administering this program through its network of nonprofit providers known as Housing Assessment and Resource Agencies (HARAs). Renters and home owners in need of assistance should contact the HARA for Kent County, The Salvation Army Social Services.
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is accepting new applicants to our agency-owned senior housing developments as well as to several developments for which we administer Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers (where a rental subsidy is attached to a specific housing development). Please note that there is a significant wait to rent at these developments; if you are in need of emergency housing, please contact United Way 2-1-1.
The GRHC is not currently accepting new applicants to our agency-owned family developments due to lengthy waiting lists. Families already on a waiting list will continue to be served. Update the mailing address on your application
Section 8 HCV Program Waiting List
We are not currently accepting new applicants to our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental subsidy program due to a lengthy existing waiting list. We are currently serving applicants who applied to the program during November 2018; please note that it is not possible for the GRHC to offer waiting list “position numbers.”
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is making a number of single-family homes available to current GRHC program participants. Interested households will be required to complete Homeownership Program classes and be pre-qualifed for a mortgage loan.
Community Center Earns HUD EnVision Center Designation
The GRHC recently welcomed HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Mrs. Candy Carson and HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph Galvan to our Campau Commons Community Center in celebration of the center’s designation as a HUD EnVision Center demonstration site. The center was awarded this designation in recognition of the GRHC’s longstanding Family Self-Sufficiency, Homeownership and Resident Services programs that offer support in the areas of economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.
Carlos A. Sanchez Retires
Grand Rapids Housing Commission Executive Director Carlos A. Sanchez retired on August 31.
Carlos has led the GRHC since 1983. Under his direction, the number of affordable housing units available to low-income households in Greater Grand Rapids has grown from 818 to 4,580; this represents a 460 percent increase in the number of affordable units the Housing Commission makes available to low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. The GRHC’s annual budget has grown from $3.8 million in 1983 to $29.1 million in 2019.
Deputy Executive Director Hattie Tinney is serving as Acting Executive Director while the Housing Commission governing board conducts the search for the next Executive Director; the Housing Commission expects the selection process for to take several months.
Public Input Requested, Executive Director Position
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission invites the public to offer input regarding recruitment for our advertised Executive Director position, including ideas about the recruitment process and future activities of the Housing Commission. Please email your comments, or call (616) 235-2651.