Housing Commission

Ontonagon Village Housing Commission

100 Cane Court
Ontonagon MI 49953

Phone: (906) 884-2258
Fax: (906) 884-2204
Email: [email protected]

Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday

Public Housing

Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage the housing for low income residents at rents they can afford. The Ontonagon Village Housing complex consists of 60 units (58 one bedroom and 2 two bedrooms).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?  Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The Housing Commission determines your eligibility based on 1) annual gross income; 2) US citizenship or eligible immigration status 3) Not having certain criminal charges such as drugs or violent crimes.  If you are eligible, the Housing Commission will check your references to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. We will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the development’s environment.

HOW DO I APPLY? If you are interested in applying for public housing, contact the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission at the address or telephone number indicated on the Website.

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK? The application must be written. Either you or with the help of the Commission will fill it out. We will require the following information to determine you or your family’s eligibility:

  • Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth and relationship to the family head
  • Your present address and telephone number
  • Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family’s’ suitability as a tenant
  • An estimate of your families anticipated income for the next twelve months and the sources of that income
  • The names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information requested to verify the family composition

WILL I NEED TO PRODUCE ANY DOCUMENTATION? Yes, the Housing Representative will request whatever documentation is needed (e.g. birth certificates, social security card) to verify the information given on your application. The Ontonagon Village Housing Commission will also rely on third party verification from your employer, banks etc. You will be asked to sign a form to authorize release of pertinent information to the Housing Commission.

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED? If the Housing Commission determines that you are eligible your name will be placed on our waiting list, unless the Commission determines we are able to assist you immediately. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, we will contact you. If it is determined that you are ineligible, you will receive a letter explaining the reason for denial. If you wish, you can request an informal meeting in writing.

WILL I HAVE TO SIGN A LEASE? If you are offered an apartment and accept it, you will have to sign a lease with us, and you will be required to pay the Housing Commission a security deposit. You and the Housing representative should go over the lease together. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and the Housing Commission’s responsibilities as a landlord.

HOW IS RENT DETERMINED? Your rent would be based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income less deductions, if any. HUD regulations allow us to exclude from annual income the following allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for any elderly family, or a person with a disability; and some medical deductions for families headed by and elderly person or a person with disabilities. Based on you application, our representative will determine if any of the allowable deductions should be subtracted from your annual income. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head and spouse, and each additional member of the family 19 years or age or older (18 years of age if married). The formula used in determining the rent is the highest of the following, rounded to the nearest dollar.

  • 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income (annual income less deductions allowed by the regulations)
  • 10 percent of monthly income
  • A minimum rent of $50.00 set by the Housing Commission
  • Maximum rent is $484.00 for one bedroom and $560.00 for two bedroom
  • Included are heat, electric, water/sewer, garbage, lawn care and snow removal

Income limits for 2019 are as follows:

Low Income   $34,250 1 person, $39,150 2 person

Very Low Income  $21,400 1 person, $24,450 2 person

Extremely Low Income  $12,850 1 person, $16,910 2 person


Application For Housing

Housing Commission Current Staff

Executive Director

Karen Jackson


Billy Marks

Housing Commission Board Members

Meetings are held at 100 Cane Court on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The Ontonagon Village Housing Commission was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligile low-income families, elderly individuals, and persons with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage the housing for low income residents at rents they can afford. The Ontonagon Village Housing complex consists of 60 units. The Commission operates under HUD guidelines as well as state and local statues. The Commission provides a written Annual Report to the Village. The Village Council appoints members to the five-person Commission. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Housing Commission office.

Board Chairperson, President

Richard Ernest


Steve Maass


Mike Rebholz

Resident Member

Dorothy Phillips


Robert Seid