How long does the application process take?

Most applications can be processed in 2 to 8 weeks. Once a family is approved they are put on a waiting list. We make every effort to place approved families into homes as soon as possible. All information must be verified in writing and a slow response delays processing.

I have some bad credit. Do you run a credit report?

Yes, we run a credit report on all adults that apply. We are primarily looking for Landlord - Tenant judgements, unpaid utilities, debts owed to police or municipal agencies, and collections with other Housing Authorities.

You say there are eligibility requirements. What are they?

We determine if you have maintained a good reputation with former landlords, you have met your financial obligations, you qualify based upon income and any criminal activity.

Police Records!?

We are required by HUD and the policies of this Commission to not house those families with a criminal history-especially those involved in any drug related crime, violent crime, or criminal sexual conduct.

If I am approved and waiting for a house, do I have to do anything else?

When a home becomes available we must be able to get in touch with you. It is your responsibility to keep us informed of your whereabouts.

My family is homeless, how long would it take to get a voucher?

Melvindale Housing Commission does not provide emergency housing. All families must apply and meet eligibility criteria established by HUD and the Melvindale Housing Commission.

Section 8 FAQs


We are serving households who applied to our Section 8 Program in 2009.  Over 4,000 households were added to the MHC’s Section 8 waiting list.

It is each applicant’s responsibility to notify the MHC of any change of address—applicants are informed by U.S. Mail when their name reaches the top of the waiting list.  Status information can be updated by faxing or mailing to our local office. To update an application by U.S. Mail, please download a printable Application Update Form.

Click How the Section 8 Program Works to learn about the process for obtaining and using your Housing Choice Voucher once your name reaches the top of the waiting list.

I've moved since I've applied for Section 8. How do I let your office know?

To report all address changes, you must come into the office with a picture ID and put it in writing. We do not accept changes over the phone.

How do I apply for Section 8?

Currently our Section 8 list is closed. 

When will the Section 8 list reopen?

We anticipate the list could reopen in 2017 / 2018.

Will you be getting more vouchers soon?


If I am homeless or a veteran, do I get preference over others?

No. We house families on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Do I have to reside in Melvindale to apply for Section 8?


I don't have kids. Am I eligible for Section 8?

Yes. You are housed according to your family size when your name reaches the top of the waiting list.

Is there an income limit for Section 8?

Eligibility is determined on your current family size, income and assets once your name reaches the top of the waiting list.

So what happens when my name reaches the "top of the waiting list"?.

You will be mailed the letter inviting you to an orientation class that lasts approximately 90 minutes. During this class we go over all the rules, regulations and requirements to activate your Section 8 Voucher. It is extremely important that you keep us updated on your current address since orientation letters go to the address on file.

Section 8 Voucher Program Waiting List News

Melvindale Housing Commission
3501 Oakwood Boulevard
Melvindale, MI  48122
Phone (313) 429 1095
Fax (313) 383 7872
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