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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction and Waiting List Questions

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program assists low-income households by paying private rental property owners a portion of the total rent. Qualified participants can transfer their rental assistance to other cities or areas of the country.

Click HCV program next steps for more information about how Housing Choice Vouchers are administered.

The GRHC is not currently accepting new applicants to our Housing Choice Voucher program due to a lengthy existing waiting list.

No. There are several housing authorities that offer Housing Choice Voucher programs in Kent County; these are all independently administered and do not share waiting lists.

Please email the GRHC Waiting List Specialist at The GRHC does not offer “position numbers” for our waiting list.

NOTE: If you applied for a Housing Choice Voucher through another housing authority, you will need to contact that agency regarding the status of your application.

Eligibility and Rental Search Questions

Income eligibility requirements:

Family Size

Maximum Annual Income





















2023 Voucher Payment Standards:

Unit size, all unit types

Maximum monthly rent

0 bedrooms


1 bedroom


2 bedrooms


3 bedrooms


4 bedrooms


5 bedrooms


6 bedrooms


To receive a rental subsidy through the GRHC Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, you must have applied for and been awarded a voucher.

If you are currently on our HCV waiting list, we will contact you by U.S. Mail at the time your name reaches the top of the list. If you are eligible for a voucher at that time, the HCV program will pay a portion of the rent for the eligible housing of your choice. Please be sure to keep your mailing address updated as we will contact you at the address we have on file. You can update your application online via a secure Application Update Form, or click PDF version of the Application Update Form to download a printable version of the necessary paperwork.

The GRHC refers HCV program clients to Michigan Housing Locator, a free online housing rental database provided by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Please click Information for Property Owners to view a page of our website that offers Housing Choice Voucher program information of interest to rental property owners.

The GRHC does not maintain a listing of available rental properties. We refer property owners who want to list their units to Michigan Housing Locator, a free rental listing/search database operated by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).