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About us

The mission of the Seattle Housing Authority is to enhance the Seattle community by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and self-sufficiency for people with low incomes.



In a variety of housing program types, SHA provides long-term, low-income rental housing and rental assistance to 38,365 people, representing 19,296 households, in the city of Seattle. SHA owns and operates 8,565 apartments and single-family homes at 378 sites throughout the city.

Additionally, SHA administers 11,884 Housing Choice Vouchers, enabling low-income tenants to receive rental assistance with other landlords in Seattle. Nearly 80 percent of those we serve are children, elderly or disabled. One in 10 students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools lives in SHA-supported housing.

We believe in providing more than housing for our tenants, and we partner with many organizations to offer an array of services and community activities to help those we serve improve their lives.

SHA is an independent public corporation. The majority of SHA's funding is federal, through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Other income includes rent revenue and non-HUD public and private grants.