Housing Choice Vouchers

The Housing Choice Voucher program helps low-income families, individuals, seniors and people with disabiliies pay their monthly rent for apartments or houses in Seattle.

Through the Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly Section 8), SHA provides rental assistance for people with low incomes to rent from landlords throughout the Seattle rental market.

Participants in the program receive a housing subsidy in the form of a voucher that they can use to rent a unit from any landlord in Seattle who meets the requirements.

Households in this program earn 50 percent or less of area median income (AMI) to qualify, and pay the portion of rent and utilities not covered by the voucher—typically 30 to 40 percent of monthly income. Preference is given to households that are at 30 percent or less of AMI and those who are homeless. 

Applying for a voucher


Applicants on the voucher list will be chosen at random when vouchers are available. Applicants need to meet several criteria and preferences at the time they are drawn from the list to be eligible. 

How to apply

Application for a chance to receive a Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as a Section 8 voucher) is ongoing. Families and individuals may apply at any time. 

Save my Spot

To remain active on the Housing Choice Voucher list, applicants are required to check in once every month using SHA's 24-hour automated Save my spot system.

Information for participants

Book an appointment

Applicants, current voucher participants and landlords who wish to meet with Housing Choice Voucher staff in person are strongly encouraged to book an appointment.

Central Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Services are also available by phone, email or online. If you have questions please contact us.

Renting with a voucher

See information about orientation, finding a rental, leasing, voucher payment standards, utility estimates, inspections and more.

Additional information

Special Purpose Vouchers

SHA works with partners who administer additional voucher programs such as Foster Youth to Independence, Family Unification Program and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing. The Creating Moves to Opportunity is a pilot program which helps families with school-age children rent in "opportunity neighborhoods."


Over 1,500 landlords partner with the Seattle Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program to provide homes to members of our community with low incomes. Learn about the benefits of the program and how to participate.

Policies and forms

Administrative plan and policies

Seattle Housing Authority currently has an Administrative Plan for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). It explains the policies through which the agency administers the program. The plan has been approved by the Board of Commissioners.


Find Housing Choice Voucher forms that can be completed online or downloaded, printed, and returned. Applicants and tenants use the SHA Portal to complete online forms for application, recertification and other functions.

The Seattle Housing Authority' will, upon request, provide reasonable accommodation to help ensure that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participating in, or denied the benefit of, any agency program.