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Section 8 Mainstream Voucher Program

Overview

Housing Services manages 103 Mainstream Vouchers in Clinton and Eaton counties. The vouchers are specifically for individuals age 18-61 with a verifiable disability. Participants in this program pay 30% of their monthly income towards rent and utility payments. HSMM provides case management to participants and supports landlords to minimize conflicts and prevent evictions.

Program Benefits

Landlord Benefits:

  • Prompt payment of rent
  • Guaranteed payment - the program guarantees on-time payment even if the renter has a history of bad or slow credit payments
  • Security - The tenant will be screened by you and HSMM
  • Long-term income without continuous turnover of tenants
  • The development of a long-term relationship. Section 8 vouchers do not expire. Landlords will be able to keep their units rented as long as the landlord/tenant relationship is mutually beneficial

Client Benefits:

  • Only pay approximately 30% of your monthly income toward your rent and utilities
  • Full-service, prompt, case management to help solve problems including landlord and tenant disputes
  • The support of the HSMM staff in various aspects of renting and life skills

Program Requirements

Landlord Responsibilities:

  • Unit must pass annual Housing Quality Standards inspection
  • Conduct your business as usual
  • Screen applicants using regular tenant application
  • Maintain a safe living environment
  • Report any changes to the HSMM voucher case manager
  • Comply with the HAP contract and Tenancy Addendum

Tenant responsibilities:

  • Supply true and complete required information
  • Be and remain drug free, with no criminal activity
  • Pay your portion of the rent on time
  • Maintain a clean and safe living environment
  • Promptly inform the landlord and HSMM of any intent to vacate/move
  • Report all changes in income or family composition to the HSMM voucher case manager

How to Apply

The waitlist for this program generally opens once a year. Prior to the waitlist opening, HSMM will attempt to notify the community by publishing notices on this website, in local papers, and on social media.

When the waitlist is open, applicants must complete an application form and submit it to Housing Services with proof of disability either from a doctor or proof of SSI/SSDI payments. Once we receive a complete application, the Section 8 Coordinator will place the applicant on the waitlist. It may take several years to receive a voucher.

Clients on the Mainstream Voucher Waitlist should return the annual recertification paperwork AND update Housing Services any time their address or contact information changes. Failure to update or return information will result in a client being removed from the wait list.

 

Other Programs

The wait list for this program is long and moves slowly. Clients are encouraged to seek out other programs that help make housing affordable while they are on our wait list. If you have an immediate housing emergency, please call our office to discuss emergency programs.

Other agencies that administer voucher programs include:

Potterville Housing Commission - 517-645-7076

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) -  517-373-9344

Lansing Housing Commission -  517-487-6550