About Housing Authority of Thurston County

The Housing Authority of Thurston County is a Section 8 public housing agency in Olympia, Washington.

The Housing Authority of Thurston County serves Thurston County and Olympia.

Housing Authority of Thurston County Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of Thurston County Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The Housing Authority of Thurston County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List last opened on February 27 through March 12, 2015.

We will update this listing with any further information as we confirm details.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.


About the Housing Authority of Thurston County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Housing Authority of Thurston County manages 1,846 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,279 10 56 9 32 49 402
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $605 $254 $714 $572 $861 $539 $500
Monthly Cost $773,626 $2,539 $39,971 $5,144 $27,567 $26,414 $201,058

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of Thurston County

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 224 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $13,057 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 75% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 23% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

24% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of Thurston County Housing Choice Voucher program, 37% include at least one person with a disability. 61% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of Thurston County voucher holders in 2016 was $356 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $771. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $115.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Affordable Apartments near Housing Authority of Thurston County

202 Edward Street
Rainier Apartments is a 44 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Yelm. Rents at Rainier Apartments are $796-846.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Yelm.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
7201 Henderson Blvd. SE
Deschutes Cove Apartments is a low income housing apartment community that provides 2-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Olympia.
1410 Magnolia St SE
Magnolia Villa is a 21 unit low income housing apartment community in Lacey.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Low Income Housing Tax Credit HOME Project Based Rental Assistance

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