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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 approximately 35,000 people, representing more than 17,000 households, in the city of Seattle. SHA owns and operates more than 8,000 apartments and single-family homes at nearly 400 sites throughout the city.  

Additionally, SHA administers more than 10,000 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 improve the lives of those we serve.

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.