Pierce County Housing Authority

603 South Polk Street
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
(253) 620-5400

Pierce County Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Tacoma, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of November 17th, 2018, Pierce County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Pierce County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Pierce County Housing Authority serves Pierce County.

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Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Pierce County Housing Authority (PCHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for five days in August, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The PCHA Public Housing program consists of 3-4 Bedroom Scattered Site single family homes.

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Working/Employed.

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

For more information, visit the PCHA website, or call the office at (253) 620-5400.

Last Updated on 10/27/2018.

About Pierce County Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/09/2018, Pierce County Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Pierce County Housing Authority manages 2,417 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,992 26 16 68 143 172
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $763 $820 $785 $1,032 $580 $695
Monthly Cost $1,520,749 $21,313 $12,561 $70,208 $82,997 $119,613

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Pierce 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 13% having issued approximately 199 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years0 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 26 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,478 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 23% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% 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, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

46% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 81% of all households were headed by a female.

40% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 27% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Pierce County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 29% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

30% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 38% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 Pierce County Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $377 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $825. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $129.



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.


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