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Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Pilot Program
MSHDA administers a statewide Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program on behalf of HUD, providing rental assistance to nearly 28,000 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 Mobility Program will combine vouchers and supportive services to provide existing HCV families with children, with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI) in the selected counties with an opportunity to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods.
The Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund (HCDF)/ United States Department of Treasury American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARP-SLFRF) and Housing Development Funds (HDF) will be utilized as a grant mechanism within the Authority’s Rental Assistance and Homeless Solutions division for the creation of a HCV Mobility Program. The Authority will pilot the HCV Mobility Program in counties where HCV families encounter the greatest barriers in leasing in high-opportunity areas, those experiencing housing retention and stability challenges, as well as those disproportionally impacted and/or lack equal access to housing programs.
Applications will be accepted from agencies proposing to serve any one or more of the following counties: Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Kent, Macomb, and Oakland. These counties were selected to be included in this pilot program based on review of data from multiple sources including:
- Justice40 Initiative
- Number of HCV families with children living in the county
- Number of HCV families with children living in low-opportunity areas with the county
- Availability of rental units in high opportunity areas
The Authority will review applications for the counties listed above to make a final determination of 2-3 counties in which to pilot the HCV Mobility Program.
- HCV Mobility NOFA Overview Recording – 5-24-23
- HCV Mobility NOFA FAQs – updated 5-31-23
Best practices and additional information regarding HCV Mobility may be found at:
- Housing Mobility Toolkit - HUD Exchange
- Home - HousingMobility.org
- PRRAC — Connecting Research to Advocacy - Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Questions about the HCV Mobility Pilot?
Please contact MSHDA-HCVMobility@michigan.gov