Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides monthly rental subsidies to low-income working families, senior citizens and the disabled. The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) administers a Section 8 program in the Greater Grand Rapids area, helping households bridge the gap between what they can afford to spend on housing and the fair market rent of an apartment, townhouse or single-family home.
Please be aware that the Grand Rapids Housing Commission is one of several local agencies that administer a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Each agency is independently administered.
If you applied for Section 8 through Kent County Housing Commission, please contact that agency if you have questions about your application or need to update your information.
If you have applied for Section 8 or Public Housing through Wyoming Housing Commission, please contact that agency if you have questions about your application or need to update your information.
The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) is accepting new applicants to our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program through June 30, 2017. You must apply during this open enrollment period to participate in the random lottery that will add 5,000 households to our Section 8 waiting list.
Click Section 8 Application to access the GRHC Pre-Application for Housing Choice Voucher Assistance. Select “Section 8,” enter your information on the form, then click "complete application." Please note your confirmation number. The Section 8 form will be available through 11:59 p.m. June 30.
Online applications will be accepted 24 hours a day. You can also apply to the Section 8 Program by calling 616/235-2622 through June 30 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Paper applications are not available, and on-site application is not available at the GRHC administrative office or any GRHC housing management office.
After the application period has ended, the GRHC will draw 5,000 names by computerized random lottery. These applicants will be added to our agency’s Section 8 waiting list. Computerized random lottery will also determine the order in which new applicants are placed on the Section 8 waiting list. Because both selection to the waiting list and order on the list are by random drawing, there is no advantage to applying early in the enrollment period.
After the lottery process is completed, you will be able to check the status of your application securely online (a link will be available on this page and under “Quick Links” on our home page).