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Seattle Senior Housing Program

Seattle Senior Housing Program units are owned and managed by Seattle Housing Authority. They include one- and two-bedroom units in 23 apartment buildings in popular neighborhoods along transit lines across the city. Smoking is prohibited in all Senior Housing buildings.

Senior Housing buildings feature elevators and comfortable, carpeted apartments. Community rooms encourage residents to engage in social activities and stay active. On any given afternoon, a visitor might find residents playing cards, participating in a quilting club, or enjoying an exercise class.

Households in this program earn 80 percent of area median income or less to qualify, and pay affordable rent at one of four levels, depending on income. The head of household or spouse must be at least 62 years old or disabled.

Please note that the eligibility requirements and application procedures for the Seattle Senior Housing Program are different from other programs.

In 2011, Seattle Housing added the Low Income Public Housing subsidy to the majority of Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP) units in order to address the long term capital improvement needs of the program without raising rents.

Information on program income limits, how to qualify as a family, and how general suitability, rental history, and criminal history affect eligibility.

Answers to questions about applying to the Seattle Senior Housing Program, rent levels, security deposits, waiting lists, pets, making changes to applications, and more.

A map and list of Seattle Senior Housing Program properties, with information about the types of apartments offered, parking, nearby bus routes, and the surrounding neighborhood.

Applying to this program has four steps: submitting a pre-application, joining the waiting list, submitting a full application, and having your application approved or denied.

Seattle Housing Authority's online pre-application allows you to apply for housing programs with open waiting lists, including the Seattle Senior Housing Program.

Information for residents who are currently renting an apartment through the Seattle Senior Housing Program.

Contact this program

Seattle Housing Authority
Seattle Senior Housing Program Admissions
P.O. Box 19028
190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle WA 98109-1028

Telephone: 206-239-1737
Fax: 206-239-1770
Email: housingcounselor@seattlehousing.org