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Housing Authority of Thurston County

1206 12th Avenue SE
Olympia, Thurston County, Washington 98501

Housing Authority of Thurston County is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs.

Housing Authority of Thurston County serves Thurston County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Thurston County, Washington, Mainstream (NED) Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Thurston County, Washington, General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Krislen Apartments, Homes First Scattered-Site Units, and Evergreen Vista Apartments; Project-Based Voucher Closed
Martin Terrace Apartments, Moderate Rehabilitation Closed

Other Housing Authority of Thurston County Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Housing Authority of Thurston County Website: http://www.hatc.org/.

Housing Authority of Thurston County Phone: (360) 753-8292.

Closed: Thurston County, Washington, Mainstream (NED) Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) Mainstream (Non-Elderly Disabled) Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in May, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the HATC, "You may be eligible if:

  • You or someone in your household has a documented disability,
    and
  • The person with a disability is between the ages of 18 and 61 years,
    and
  • That person is either transitioning out of an institutional or other segregating setting; or at risk of institutionalization; or homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless.

One person in the applicant household must meet all three of the above criteria."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to download and print the application online.

Once the application was completed, it must have been either:

  1. Dropped off at the HATC office.
  2. Mailed to the HATC office and postmarked by May 10, 2019.
  3. Emailed to the HATC.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live or work in the Thurston County.

125 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the HATC website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Thurston County, Washington.

Last Updated on 12/11/2019.

Closed: Thurston County, Washington, General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 15, 2020, until January 29, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Thurston County residents and to those who work in Thurston County
  • Families with children or single pregnant individuals
  • Single adults or couples age 50+
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Single adults or couples who are disabled
  • Families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Individuals who are transitioning out of a institutional setting or at risk of institutionalization
  • Previously homeless households that are currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing program.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

1 person $29,300  | 5 persons $45,200

2 persons $33,500 | 6 persons $48,550

3 persons $37,700 | 7 persons $51,900

4 persons $41,850 | 8 persons $55,250

800 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HATC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HATC website, as of December 9, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Thurston County, Washington.

Last Updated on 07/14/2020.

Closed: Krislen Apartments, Homes First Scattered-Site Units, and Evergreen Vista Apartments; Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Krislen Apartments, Homes First Scattered-Site Units, and Evergreen Vista Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 15, 2020, until January 29, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the HATC public notice, Krislen Apartments only serves, "singles or couples who are elderly or have a developmental disability."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Thurston County residents and to those who work in Thurston County
  • Families with children or single pregnant individuals
  • Single adults or couples age 50+
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Single adults or couples who are disabled
  • Families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Individuals who are transitioning out of a institutional setting or at risk of institutionalization
  • Previously homeless households that are currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing program.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

1 person $29,300  | 5 persons $45,200

2 persons $33,500 | 6 persons $48,550

3 persons $37,700 | 7 persons $51,900

4 persons $41,850 | 8 persons $55,250

600 applicants were placed on the Evergreen Vista Apartments waiting list; 300 applicants were placed on the Homes First Scattered Sites waiting list; and 200 applicants were placed on the Krislen Apartments waiting list; all by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HATC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HATC website, as of December 9, 2019.

Last Updated on 01/30/2020.

Closed: Martin Terrace Apartments, Moderate Rehabilitation Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Housing Authority of Thurston County (HATC) waiting list for Moderate Rehabilitation apartments at Martin Terrace Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 15, 2020, until January 29, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Thurston County residents and to those who work in Thurston County
  • Families with children or single pregnant individuals
  • Single adults or couples age 50+
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Single adults or couples who are disabled
  • Families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Individuals who are transitioning out of a institutional setting or at risk of institutionalization
  • Previously homeless households that are currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing program.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

1 person $29,300  | 5 persons $45,200

2 persons $33,500 | 6 persons $48,550

3 persons $37,700 | 7 persons $51,900

4 persons $41,850 | 8 persons $55,250

200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HATC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HATC website, as of December 9, 2019.

Last Updated on 01/30/2020.

About Housing Authority of Thurston County

More information about Housing Authority of Thurston County can be found on its website at http://www.hatc.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of Thurston County may be available by phone at (360) 753-8292. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 08/15/2020, it is not known if Housing Authority of Thurston County is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of Thurston County manages 1,810 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,259 4 55 6 22 50 370
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $669 $200 $838 $867 $966 $632 $591
Monthly Cost $842,109 $800 $46,114 $5,199 $21,259 $31,589 $218,829

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.