The Assisted Housing Department provides housing opportunities for families in the Metropolitan Detroit Service Area. The Assisted Housing Department consists of the Housing Choice Voucher and Moderate Rehabilitation Housing Programs.
The Assisted Housing Department does not own or manage property. Rather, it contracts with private landlords to provide housing to participating families. DHC makes a rental payment to the landlord on behalf of the participating family which is responsible for payment of the balance, if any, of the rental amount due the landlord. The vouchers provided to participating families are portable from landlord to landlord.
Participating families can select rental housing located in DHC's service area which includes the City of Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties. DHC will share rental housing lists provided by landlords with participating families. However, finding housing that is decent, safe, and sanitary in accordance with housing quality standards is the responsibility of the participating family. Housing that does not meet housing quality standards will not be accepted in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Rent Reasonableness & Payment Standards Effective July 1, 2013
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D) requires every Housing Authority to complete a Rent Reasonableness Survey to demonstrate the rent requested for a unit is reasonable when compared to other current rates of unassisted rent in the same area. Payment standards (which are set by the DHC) are based on the voucher size (number of bedrooms) of the resident.
Payment Standards by Voucher Bedroom Size
THE AMOUNTS SHOWN ARE NOT GUARANTEED CONTRACT AMOUNTS
|Voucher Bedroom Size
***NOTE: Contract rental amounts are approved by DHC according to the utilities provided by the landlord, affordability for the tenant, and verification that the rental amount is reasonable compared to other similar, unsubsidized units in the area***
EXCEPTIONS TO THE DHC PAYMENT STANDARD
DHC may request HUD approval to establish a payment standard that is higher or lower for a designated area of the city. DHC will submit a request for a lower payment standard if it determines that a lower payment would enable DHC to provide housing assistance to more families.
DHC will request a higher (exception) payment standard for all units, or all units of a given size, within a designated area of the city if it determines that a higher payment standard is needed to help families obtain housing outside areas of high poverty.
As applicable, DHC will grant requested exceptions to Payment Standards to make housing located outside of areas of poverty or minority concentration available.
DHC will grant exceptions to Payment Standards based on individual Reasonable Accommodations request.