Renting with a voucher
Prior to issuing a Housing Choice Voucher, Seattle Housing Authority provides an orientation to participants.
Get tips on how toI find a great home where you can use your voucher.
After you receive a voucher and learn about how to use it, you can begin the leasing process.
The Seattle Neighborhood Guide provides information and guidance to families that are interested in moving to a neighborhood that may offer a broader selection of schools and more opportunities for employment. Within the Neighborhood Guide, you will find information about schools, parks, libraries, transportation and community services.
SHA's voucher payment standards set the maximum amount the agency pays for tenants' rent and utilities.
SHA establishes utility estimates for the cost of utilities not included in the rent.
For most households, SHA checks once a year to make sure that participating households are still eligible for the program and recalculates the amount of voucher assistance they receive.
Participants are required to inform SHA of any changes in income or household size.
Housing Choice Voucher program tenants and landlords each have rights, and are subject to requirements, while participating in the program.
After an initial 12-month lease ends, tenants can use their voucher with any Housing Choice Vouchers program in the country. The steps you must take to move with your voucher depend on the are where you plan to live.
If SHA decides to terminate the contract with a tenant or landlord, both will be notified. In most cases, tenant may request an informal hearing to dispute a termination decision.
The City of Seattle’s Office of Housing operates the Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program (MFTE), which provides a tax exemption to developers and owners of new multi-family buildings who set aside 20-25% of their units as income-and rent-restricted.