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Seattle Housing Authority residents

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Housing Finder is an information guide to help you understand Seattle Housing Authority programs. Once you have answered a few questions, this guide will provide suggestions of Seattle Housing Authority programs and communities that might fit your needs.
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Housing Programs

Seattle Housing Authority provides housing assistance to more than 26,000 people through six programs. Please note that some programs may have long waiting lists. Also remember that eligible people may qualify for more than one program. Learn more about each program through the information and links below. Brief audio introductions of our housing programs are available in several languages.

Seattle Housing Authority residents

Low Income Public Housing

Public housing units are managed by Seattle Housing Authority. They come in a range of bedroom sizes. Most are located in apartment buildings, but some are located in smaller, multi-family buildings. People in this program:

  • Earn 80 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify
  • Pay 30 percent of their household's monthly income for rent and utilities
  • Live alone, with a partner, or with individuals who make up a larger household
  • Meet screening criteria and have acceptable rental and criminal histories
  • Are citizens or have eligible immigration status at the time of admission to the program

Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

Seattle Housing Authority issues vouchers that cover part of monthly rent for privately-owned apartments or homes. (Please note, however, that the waiting list for vouchers is closed for the foreseeable future.)

Tenants pay the portion of rent not covered by the voucher and pay any utilities not included in the rent. People in this program:

  • Earn 30 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify
  • Pay 30 to 40 percent of their household's monthly income for rent and utilities
  • May rent from any private owner willing to be a part of the program
  • Meet screening criteria and have acceptable rental and criminal histories
  • Are citizens or have eligible immigration status at the time a voucher is issued

Seattle Senior Housing Program

Senior housing units are managed by Seattle Housing Authority. One- and two-bedroom units are available in apartment buildings located throughout the city. People in this program:

  • Earn 80 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify
  • Pay affordable rent at one of four levels, depending on income
  • Are at least 62 years old or disabled, if they are the head of household or spouse
  • Meet screening criteria and have acceptable rental and criminal histories

High Point, NewHolly, Rainier Vista, Lake City Court

Many rental housing units in these communities are managed by Seattle Housing Authority. They are found in the redeveloped High Point, NewHolly, Rainier Vista, and Lake Ciyt Court neighborhoods. Units come in a range of bedroom sizes, including many larger apartments for families. People in these communities:

  • Earn 30 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify for public housing units
  • Pay 30 percent of their household's monthly income for rent and utilities
  • Live alone, with a partner, or with individuals who make up a larger household
  • Meet screening criteria and have acceptable rental and criminal histories
  • Are citizens or have eligible immigration status at the time of acceptance of unit

Rental units are also available in these communities for people earning 80 percent of area median income or less, and for people who are able to pay market rental rates. Some people in these communities own their own homes.

Other Affordable Housing

The Impact Property Management division's Special Portfolio manages these units. They come in a range of bedroom sizes and are located in multi-family buildings and apartment buildings throughout the city. People in this program:

  • Earn 30, 50, 80, or 100 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify
  • Pay 30 percent of their household's monthly income for rent and utilities
  • Live alone, with a partner, or with individuals who make up a larger household
  • Meet screening criteria and have acceptable rental and criminal histories

Partner Housing

Seattle Housing Authority funds units that are managed by many agencies, including local nonprofits. They come in a range of bedroom sizes and are located in multi-family buildings and apartment buildings throughout the city. People in the Project-based and Mod Rehab programs:

  • Earn 30 percent of area median income or less as a household to qualify
  • Pay 30 percent of their household's monthly income for rent and utilities
  • Continue to pay reduced rent as long as they live in partner housing units
  • Meet landlords' screening criteria and have acceptable criminal histories
  • Are U.S. citizens or have eligible immigration status at the time of application

Additional options, including shelters, emergency assistance, transitional housing, low-income rentals, and low-income homeownership.

Answers to frequently asked application questions, along with instructions for getting help in person and by phone.

All applicants on the Low Income Public Housing and Seattle Senior Housing Program waiting lists must check in every month to keep their spot.