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How to Apply

If you have questions about applying to the Low Income Public Housing program, you can ask for application help from one of Seattle Housing Authority's housing counselors.

To apply for the Low Income Public Housing program:

1. Submit a pre-application

You can submit your pre-application online.

Seattle Housing Authority also accepts paper pre-application forms in person and by mail at the Housing Service Center, located on the first floor of our Central Office. You can download here the English versions of the pre-application form (PDF, 2.05 MB, download Adobe Reader) and the pre-application guide (PDF, 3.73 MB).

You can also download the pre-application form and guide (download Adobe Reader) in these other languages:

Chinese pre-application form (PDF, 1.16 KB)
Chinese pre-application guide (PDF, 3.01 KB)

Russian pre-application form (PDF, 964 KB)
Russian pre-application guide (PDF, 2.61 KB)

Somali pre-application form (PDF, 914 KB)
Somali pre-application guide (PDF, 2.57 KB)

Spanish pre-application form (PDF, 914 KB)
Spanish pre-application guide (PDF, 2.59 KB)

Vietnamese pre-application form (PDF, 961 KB)
Vietnamese pre-application guide (PDF, 2.61 KB)

2. Join the waiting list

After submitting a pre-application you can join the waiting lists for either one or two Low Income Public housing locations. Some lists are short, while others are very long. The amount of time you will spend on a waiting list depends on the demand for housing and waiting list preferences.

Estimated Waiting Time (PDF)

3. Submit a full application when you reach the top of the waiting list

When your name comes to the top of the waiting list, the Admissions office will contact you by mail. You will be invited to a group interview, where you will meet with a staff member who will guide you through the full application process. They will collect documentation to confirm that you qualify for the Low Income Public Housing program.

4. Have your application approved or denied

If you qualify, your application will be approved and you will be referred for placement in a unit in the Low Income Public Housing program. The approval is conditional until you lease a unit.

If you don't qualify, your application will be conditionally denied. If your application is denied, you will be allowed to provide more information to show that you qualify for assistance. If that information is not sufficient, you may contest the denial by requesting an appeal.