The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program helps families pay rent in many different neighborhoods. The rental units are privately owned and may be single family houses or apartments in an apartment complex. Participant families include elderly persons, disabled persons and working families who do not earn enough to keep pace with rising rental housing costs.
Eligible applicants are responsible for finding their own rental unit of the appropriate size that meets the requirements of the program and pay a portion of their income toward rent. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the Battle Creek Housing Commission, pays the balance directly to the landlord by contract with the landlord.
The success of the program depends on our ability to contract with property managers, and owners who have decent, safe, and sanitary rental units. A Housing Quality Inspection will be conducted for all units before a Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HAP) may be entered into. Participation in an orientation program is required.
The Battle Creek Section 8 waiting list will open March 30 – April 3, 2020. Use the Section 8 Waiting List Pre-Application link to the left to complete an on-line pre-application.
The Albion Section 8 waiting list is currently "CLOSED". (No applications are being accepted at this time). We anticipate it reopening approximately July 2020.