Housing Commission

The South Haven Housing Commission (SHHC) was formed to manage HUD-subsidized housing within vibrant South Haven, MI. The SHHC is a federally HUD-subsidized Public Housing Agency (PHA). The SHHC is a PHA in the state of Michigan with local HUD guidance provided through the HUD Detroit Field Office. The SHHC also enjoys local oversight via the South Haven Housing Commission Board.

The South Haven Housing Commission Board consists of five members, one director, and a City of South Haven Council Representative. The members are appointed by City Council and serve a five-year term. Purpose as defined in Enabling Statute/Ordinance/Resolution.

The South Haven Housing Commission Board meets on the 4th Thursday each month at 3:00pm at either the Warren Center within the River Terrace Apartment building, the Community Room within the Harbor View Apartment building, or at other locations throughout the South Haven area. Please contact us at 269-637-5755 or at for details!

What We Do: The SHHC serves a diverse population of people who are eligible for federal subsidized senior/disabled apartments or family homes. We promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunities, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.

How It Works: The SHHC has two HUD rent-subsidized housing programs: 

  • Senior Housing Program consisting of two four-story senior apartment buildings totaling 78 one-bedroom apartments and 2 two-bedroom apartments. The senior buildings provide an independent living environment, are smoke-free, and senior lunch meals are available on-site at the River Terrace Apartments Monday through Friday. There are also many senior tenant services and activities available at no additional cost to our senior/disabled residents.
  • Family Housing Program consists of 42 single-family, smoke-free, scattered site homes for families in size from three to eight members. The homes are located in the Pleasantview area of South Haven, within walking distance of both Lincoln Elementary and L.C. Mohr High School. For our families, the focus is to provide stability so that our families can work towards self-sufficiency. SHHC works to actively engage families in employment, education, training, or community service requirements.

Eligibility Requirements: There are 4 major points of review in order to determine whether a person or a family is eligible for our housing programs. They are:

  • Income Limits: Rent is based on a maximum income for a single person or family.  Examples of current (2021) maximum program eligibility income for family size: 
• 1-person: $43,350
• 2-person: $49,550
• 3-person: $55,750
• 4-person: $61,900
• 5-person: $66,900
• 6-person: $71,850
• 7-person: $76,800
• 8-person: $81,750
  • Family Size: We verify that the housing you are requesting is appropriate for your or your family’s current make-up. 
  • Background:  Should you have a background concern that you feel may impact your eligibility for being added to the SHHC Wait List, please contact us at 269-637-5755 or email us at 
  • Past Rental History: Rental history is just one of the factors that are reviewed in order to determine a person or a family’s ability to be added to the SHHC Wait List. We require at least 5 years’ worth of rental history. Please also let us know if you are currently housed or have been housed in HUD-subsidized housing in the past. 

How We Can Help You: The SHHC maintains a 99+% occupancy rate. It is important to apply and to be placed on one of our waiting lists. Please call 269-637-5755 or email with inquiries for eligibility.   

Where do you want to be one, five or ten years from now? Plan ahead. Stop in, call, or see below for our application and additional required documents. Any questions, please let us know!

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