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Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Pilot Program

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) administers a statewide Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program on behalf of HUD, providing rental assistance to nearly 31,000 low-income families in Michigan. The HCV Program is designed to be a program where families may choose a rental unit in any neighborhood where there is affordable rental housing; however, many are concentrated in areas of high poverty. While it is not practical to move every HCV family to opportunity areas, the HCV Housing Mobility Pilot Program combines vouchers and supportive services to provide existing HCV families with children, with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI) in Kent, Macomb, and Oakland Counties with an opportunity to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods in those counties.

To be eligible to enroll in the pilot, a family must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Have a MSHDA HCV for two or more years, and
  2. Live in Kent, Macomb, or Oakland Counties, and
  3. Have a household income at or below 30% of AMI, based on family size, and
  4. Have a household composition that includes at least one child under the age of 17, and
  5. Be in good standing with MSHDA’s HCV Program.

Benefits to participating in the HCV Housing Mobility Pilot Program include:

  • Moving to high opportunity areas in communities with low poverty, low crime, high access to employment, quality education, health care, and available housing opportunities.
  • Pre- and post-move supportive services including creation of a customized family plan to address housing barriers; housing search assistance; financial assistance that may include application fees, security deposits and move-in fees; landlord outreach; home visits; and referrals to other agencies.

Opportunity Maps:

Kent County

Macomb County

Oakland County

Questions about the HCV Mobility Pilot?

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