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Pierce County Housing Authority

603 South Polk Street
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington 98444

Pierce County Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Pierce County Housing Authority serves Pierce County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Pierce County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Pierce County Housing Authority 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.

Pierce County Housing Authority Website: http://www.pchawa.org/.

Pierce County Housing Authority Phone: (253) 620-5400.

Closed: Pierce County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Pierce County Housing Authority (PCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from September 17, 2018, until December 1, 2019. 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.

There were no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the PCHA website.

Last Updated on 12/04/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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 Low Income Public Housing page here.

Last Updated on 01/14/2019.

About Pierce County Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Pierce County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (253) 620-5400. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of September 28th, 2020, it is not known if Pierce County Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Pierce County Housing Authority manages 2,685 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 Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,067 24 36 188 158 200
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $843 $884 $820 $1,093 $628 $758
Monthly Cost $1,742,391 $21,205 $29,528 $205,512 $99,295 $151,554

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Pierce County Housing Authority

4919 255th Street Ct E

4919 255th Street Ct E
Graham, Washington

6712 41st Street Ct NW

6712 41st Street Ct NW
Gig Harbor, Washington