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The Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8)


Registration for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waitlist lottery is currently closed to new applicants. If your household registered for the lottery between March 23 and April 10, 2015, you should have received a letter from us in the mail by May 15, 2015, letting you know whether or not your household was selected at random to be placed on our new waitlist. If you did not receive a letter from us by May 15, 2015, please call our waitlist hotline: 206-239-1674 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (which is also known as Section 8) issues vouchers that pay a portion of the monthly rent for privately owned units. Seattle Housing Authority provides eligible households with a voucher (also known as a housing subsidy). Vouchers may be used to rent a unit from any landlord in Seattle eligible to participate in the program.

Households in this program earn 30 percent of area median income or less to qualify, and pay the portion of rent and utilities not covered by the voucher—typically 30 to 40 percent of monthly income.

Please note that the eligibility requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher program (set out below) differ from those of other programs.

A look at how the program works: how much tenants pay for rent and utilities, leasing, annual reviews and inspections, moving, terminating assistance, and disability accommodations.

Details about the rights and requirements of tenants and landlords and the role Seattle Housing Authority plays in administering the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Information on tenant eligibility—including program income limits, criminal history, immigration status, and previous termination—and the eligibility of rental units and landlords.

Answers to common questions about applying to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, the waiting list, making changes to applications, and more.

Once households receive a voucher they have 120 days to begin the seven-step leasing process and find a suitable rental unit that meets the agency's Housing Quality Standards.

Affordable rental listings are provided on a continuous basis through

Information for households receiving rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Pathways is produced quarterly and distributed tenants of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program.


Contact this program

Housing Choice Voucher Program
Seattle Housing Authority
P.O. Box 19028
190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109-1028

Telephone: 206-239-1728
Fax: 206-239-1770