About King County Housing Authority

The King County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Tukwila, Washington.

As of March 10th, 2017 we have confirmed King County Housing Authority has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The King County Housing Authority serves King County, Auburn, Federal Way, Issaquah, Shoreline, North Bend, Kent, Bellevue, Vashon, Seatac, Tukwila and Milton but does not serveSeattle and Renton.

King County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The King County Housing Authority (KCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The KCHA offers 60 Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled households. A complete list of each community can be found here.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Pick up an application at the KCHA office, located at 20126 Ballinger Way, NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.
  2. Download and print the application online here,

Once the application has been completed it must be mailed or hand delivered to:

King County Housing Authority

Central Applications Processing Center

20126 Ballinger Way NE, PMB #151 

Shoreline, WA 98155

Hand delivered applications must be delivered before 12:00 pm PT, Monday-Friday.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Extremely low income, homeless, substandard housing, displaced by government action, displaced by natural disaster, victim of domestic violence, and rent burdened.

For more information, visit the KCHA website, or call the office at (206) 574-1100.

Last Updated on 02/28/2017.

King County, WashingtonHousing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The King County Housing Authority (KCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in April 2017; and prior to that for three weeks in January 2015, and in 2011. 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. Only one application per household was accepted.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed. We have left a message with the KCHA, and will update our page when more information becomes available.

3,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

In 2017, nearly 19,500 people applied, and in 2015, there were 22,000 applicants.

For more information, visit the KCHA website, or call the office at (206) 574-1100.

Last Updated on 04/27/2017.

More information about King County Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.kcha.org/.


About the King County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, King County Housing Authority manages 9,686 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Family UnificationTenant ProtectionMoving To WorkPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers2199936,895481497200
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$1,295$922$822$881$742$796
Monthly Cost$283,595$915,644$5,668,028$423,546$368,783$159,222

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for King County Housing Authority

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 10% having issued approximately 1,208 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.6 persons and has a household income of $15,969 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% 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 59% 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, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

46% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

57% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 41% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the King County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 36% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 61% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 7% 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 King County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $385 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $979. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $127.



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.


Public Housing Operated by King County Housing Authority

18265 1st Ave S
Normandy Park, Washington
Riverton Terrace is a 180 unit low income housing apartment community in Normandy Park.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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1750 NE 145th St
Shoreline, Washington
Paramount House II is a 431 unit low income housing apartment community in Shoreline.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
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18026 Midvale Ave N
Shoreline, Washington
The Lake House is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community in Shoreline.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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1540 NE 177th St
Shoreline, Washington
Northridge II is a 140 unit low income housing apartment community in Shoreline.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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8610 164th Ave NE
Redmond, Washington
Forest Glen is a 85 unit low income housing apartment community in Redmond.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
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