|Housing Authority||Wait List||Sr./Dis.||Other||Wait List|
|Seattle Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of King County||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Bremerton Housing Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Peninsula Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Tacoma Housing Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|HA City of Everett||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Housing Authority of Kittitas County||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Anacortes||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Renton||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Kennewick Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA of Grant County||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Asotin County||Unknown||Not Applicable||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|HA of Grays Harbor County||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Kalama||Open||Not Applicable||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Kelso||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Pasco And Franklin County||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA of Island County||Not Applicable||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority City of Bellingham||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority City of Othello||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Sedro Woolley||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA City of Sunnyside||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Auth||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of Snohomish County||Open||Closed||Open||Open|
|HA of Whatcom County||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Yakima Housing Authority||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|HA of Pierce County||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|Spokane Housing Authority||Closed||Closed||Not Applicable||Not Open|
|HA City of Walla Walla||Open||Open||Not Applicable||Open|
|Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver||Open||Closed||Open||Open|
Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.
The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.
Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.
In Washington, 29 Public Housing Authorities operate 14,619 public housing rental units in 164 apartment buildings or communities.
Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.
In Washington, out of 29 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 6 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 23 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.