Mainstream Voucher Program

How to Apply

Our waitlist is currently open from January 9, 2023 at 9 am. The waitlist will close on February 3, 2023 at 5 pm.

To qualify; you must have a verifiable disability, be between the ages of 18 and 61, and agree to live in Eaton or Clinton County.

No paper applications will be handed out.

Applications are electronic.

Applications are for the waitlist only.

All proofs of verifiable disability must be returned by February 3, 2023 by 5 pm in one of the following ways:

·       Emailed: [email protected]

·       Faxed: 517-541-0269; Attn: Mainstream

·       Mailed to: postmarked no later than Friday, February 3, 2023.

Housing Services Mid Michigan Attn: Mainstream 319 S. Cochran Ave PO Box 746 Charlotte MI 48813

 

Acceptable proof of verifiable disability are:

·       Social Security Administration 2023 Benefit Award letter for SSI or SSDI

·       Request for Verification of Disability form (Can be found Here) completed by a Licensed Physician

 

Completed applications AND proof of verifiable disability, will be added to the current wait list based on the date and time received. Housing Services Mid Michigan cannot tell you where you are at on the waiting list, please don’t call to inquire.

 

Please call HSMM’s office at (517) 541-1180 with any questions.

 

Overview

Housing Services manages 212 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.

5 Year PHA Plan

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

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