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Housing Commission

Mission Statement

To eliminate housing conditions which are detrimental to the public peace, health, safety and/or welfare, principally for the benefit of persons of low income.

The Kent County Housing Commission’s
Section 8 Waitlist is currently closed.

The Kent County Housing Commission provides rental assistance to extremely-low and very-low income families. The Commission issues and administers Section 8 Housing Choice Rental Assistance Vouchers provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. After qualifying applicants for the program, Commission staff educates and prepares applicants, assists voucher holders with locating suitable housing, inspects rental units, and reviews lease agreements. They also provide education about the need for affordable housing to property owners and communities, facilitate the construction of new housing, and work collaboratively with other housing providers in Kent County.

As a part of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the Housing Commission also operates a Homeownership program and a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. FSS aims to move participants from welfare to work by helping families identify barriers to employment and set goals (with time-frames) detailing the steps that families will take to obtain the assistance needed to acquire and retain employment. The goal of the Homeownership program is to successfully transition Housing Choice Voucher participants to homeownership.

Strategic Goals

  • Maintain/enhance partnerships and relationships that support the mission of Kent County government
  • Diversify sources of revenue.

Operational Goals

  • Provide safe, affordable and decent rental units for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher clients
  • To move participating families from welfare to work (Mandated by HUD)

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Contact Us

Housing Commission

82 Ionia Avenue, NW
Suite 390
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-7400

(616) 632-7405

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