Mainstream Voucher Program

How to Apply

Housing Services Mid-Michigan is opening its Mainstream Voucher Waitlist for Clinton and Eaton counties on June 6th 2022 at 09:00 AM. This rental subsidy program is designed to assist low income, non-elderly (18-61), disabled households.  Participants pay 30% of their income and the program pays the difference directly to the landlord. The participant’s disability must be verified by either the participant’s doctor filling out a proof of disability form or one’s Social Security Disability letter. An example proof of disability form has been provided below. Residents of any state or county can apply, but if applicants are drawn and receive a voucher they must then live in either Clinton or Eaton County after taking possession of the voucher.

The wait list will be open on June 6th, 2022 at 9am.  All applications must be electronically filled out and submitted through our application portal below. The portal for electronic submissions will be available until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 17th, 2022. Paper applications will NOT be available at our office and applications and proof of disability CANNOT be dropped off in person at our office. Completed applications will be placed on the waitlist in the order received.

In addition to electronically submitting your application, proof of disability must be provided to HSMM no later than 5:00pm on Friday, July 1, 2022 by any of the following methods: emailed to [email protected]; faxed to 517-541-0269; or mailed to HSMM at PO Box 746, Charlotte, MI 48813 postmarked by 7/1/2022. Qualified persons will be notified by mail when their name is pulled from the list. If you have any questions, please contact Edwin Taylor or Joseph Sigmon at 517-541-1180.

 

Example Proof of Disability Form

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