Housing Authority of Thurston County

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

Housing Authority of Thurston County is a Public Housing Agency in Olympia, Washington 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 General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Thurston County, Washington Mainstream (NED) Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Evergreen Vista Apartments and Krislen Apartments, Project-Based Voucher Closed

Other Housing Authority of Thurston County Waiting Lists

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. It was last open for two weeks from February until March, 2015. 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: Elderly; Near Elderly; Families with minor or disabled adult children; Disabled; Single individuals or couples that are victims of domestic violence/hate crime; Single individuals or couples that are displaced by government action; Single individuals or couples that are victims of a declared natural disaster; Live/work locally.

1,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the HATC website.

Last Updated on 05/02/2019.

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 preference: 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.

Last Updated on 05/10/2019.

Closed: Evergreen Vista Apartments and Krislen 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 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Evergreen Vista Apartments and Krislen Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on December 6, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

  • Evergreen Vista Apartments is located at 1209 Fern Street SW Olympia, WA 98502. They are 2 & 3 bedroom apartments.
  • Krislen Apartments are located at 9525 Cullens Road SE Yelm, WA 98597. It is owned by Yelm Community Services for persons 62 and over or persons with Developmental Disabilities.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete an application on-site at either community.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

As of November, 2019, the anticipated wait time exceeds 12 months.

For more information, visit the HATC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HATC website, as of November 26, 2019.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Olympia and Yelm, Washington.

Last Updated on 12/06/2019.

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 12/07/2019, 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 most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of Thurston County manages 1,862 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 1,305 5 60 8 21 47 369
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $680 $267 $852 $601 $955 $629 $592
Monthly Cost $887,605 $1,333 $51,121 $4,805 $20,046 $29,577 $218,509

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.