Michigan

  • State Data Overview

    Across Michigan, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    315,436
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    28%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -189,905
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $35,874
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    69%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Joey Lindstrom

    202.662.1530 x222 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Community Economic Development Association of Michigan

    1000 S. Washington Avenue

    Suite 101

    Lansing, MI 48910

    P 517-485-3588 x 1940

    F 517-485-3043

    www.cedam.info

    Ms. Jamie Schriner-Hooper, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Ms. Jessica AcMoody, Senior Policy Specialist

    [email protected]

    Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

    15851 S. Old U.S. 27

    Building 30, Suite 315

    Lansing, MI 48906

    P 517-485-6536

    mihomeless.org

    Eric Hufnagel, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joseph Lindstrom with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Jessica AcMoody

    Senior Policy Specialist

    Community Economic Development Associations of Michigan

    517-485-3588 ext. 1944

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Michele Wildman

    Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives

    Michigan State Housing Development Authority

    517-373-4363

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Andy Martin

    Director of Development

    (o) 517-241-0599, (c) 517-388-1401

    [email protected]


    John Hundt

    [email protected] 


    State Entity Webpage

    Michigan State Housing Development Authority


    NHTF-specific page

    Multi Family Direct Lending Programs

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Michigan (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Michigan (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Michigan and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Michigan and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.


    No information at this time.

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    Michigan will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing to non-elderly people with disabilities. Nine organizations in Michigan will receive allocations to provide essential housing options for people living with disabilities.


    Eric Hufnagel, executive director of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, an NLIHC state partner, told the Detroit Free Press that the shelter system across Michigan was at or near capacity before the pandemic. The influx of people needing shelter due to the coronavirus pandemic is forcing providers to be innovative in accommodating more people while also maintaining social distancing guidelines.

    SOS Community Services, an organization focused on ending family homelessness in Washtenaw County, is providing pre-bagged groceries and has installed portable toilets outside of its two locations in Ypsilanti. The organization continues to help families experiencing homelessness obtain housing amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked Vice President Mike Pence to discourage protests due to concerns of the coronavirus spreading to rural parts of Michigan.

    More people experiencing homelessness have been moved from a Kalamazoo shelter into hotel rooms. Approximately 150 people are occupying 105 rooms at the hotel. While the hotel program is only for people not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus, Kalamazoo County has created a separate quarantine location for people who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are symptomatic.

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on May 1 that Michigan has received approval from FEMA to provide non-congregate housing for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.


    Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, including hotels and motels, for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

    A caterer from Ann Arbor, Stacy Williams, has been delivering meals to frontline medical staff at Michigan Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals. Williams has also teamed up with Pastor Vicky Lovell to provide food to people experiencing homelessness at four sites that are providing 24-hour shelter.

    Partnerships among city departments, nonprofits, and other organizations aim to protect people experiencing homelessness in Detroit, including a new collaborative effort of restaurants providing food for about 400 sheltered residents each day.

    The Community Housing Network is using funds from a $100,000 grant from United Way for Southeastern Michigan to offer rental assistance and additional services to low-income renters. Housing advocates in Oakland County are calling for additional rental assistance and more affordable housing investments during and after the pandemic. 

    Detroit shelters are adjusting, rethinking, and expanding their daily operations to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.


    Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order halting evictions, recently extended until May 15, does not protect people living in hotels, motels, and Airbnbs. While acknowledging that hotels follow different sets of laws than landlords, housing advocates and lawyers expressed concerns about the families excluded from Michigan’s eviction ban.

    With funding from United Way’s Disaster Relief Fund, 100 hotel rooms in Battle Creek have been acquired to use as quarantine space for people experiencing homelessness who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19.

    In Saginaw, the Saginaw Diocese’s Center for Ministry will become an emergency shelter for homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The center will support homeless individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not need hospitalization, as well as those who may have been exposed to it and need to self-isolate.

    Service providers will still be allowed to provide food and shelter to people in need under Michigan’s stay at home order. Many organizations in the state are scrambling to deal with the spread of COVID-19.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she is appointing a coronavirus task force to recommend ways to address the racial disparities in the occurrence of COVID-19 in Michigan. Michigan ranks third in the country for the number of people withCOVID-19; and over 40% of deaths due to COVID-19 in Michigan have been among African Americans, although African Americans make up 14% of the state's population.

    Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor homeless population faces shelter, sanitation challenges amid COVID-19 crisis.

    Detroit

    An employee of a transitional housing program for formerly homeless individuals tested positive for COVID-19. Six staff members are now self-quarantining. 

    Two people in Detroit’s homeless shelter system have tested positive for COVID-19. They are being separated with 27 others at a new facility created for social isolation.

    The city of Detroit is ramping up COVID-19 testing in nursing homes and homeless shelters. Detroit was given five machines and 5,000 testing kits, and is running 200-250 instant COVID-19 tests a day.

    No information at this time.

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb