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Seattle Housing Authority

190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, King County, Washington 98109

Seattle Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Moving to Work programs. As of September 27th, 2020, Seattle Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Seattle Housing Authority serves Seattle.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Seattle, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Open Seattle 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.

Seattle Housing Authority Website: http://www.seattlehousing.org/.

Seattle Housing Authority Phone: (206) 615-3300.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Seattle Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers 31 public housing communities for families and senior/disabled individuals. For a complete listing of each community please follow this link.

There are three ways to apply for public housing:
2. Download the application here, then print and complete.
3. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 190 Queen Anne Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm.

Once the paper application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. No documents are needed at this time.

Please Note: You must check in with the housing authority every month to keep your spot on the waiting list by calling 866-623-5111.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: homeless, or extremely low income.

More information can be found by visiting the housing authority website at http://seattlehousing.org/, or by calling 206-239-1737, during normal office hours.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (206)615-3300.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/22/2015.

Other Seattle Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Seattle, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List


The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for nearly three weeks in February 2017; and before that from March 2015 until April 2015.


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


This waiting list has the following preference: Households that are 30% of less of AMI.


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


For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (206) 615-3300.

Last Updated on 02/24/2017.

About Seattle Housing Authority

More information about Seattle Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.seattlehousing.org/.

Representatives of Seattle Housing Authority may be available by phone at (206) 615-3300. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/27/2020, it is not known if Seattle Housing Authority 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 Seattle Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Seattle Housing Authority manages 10,062 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:

Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work VASH
Vouchers 191 347 8,901 361
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,070 $776 $935 $871
Monthly Cost $204,323 $269,124 $8,319,492 $314,363

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Seattle 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 14% having issued approximately 564 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years0 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 2.1 persons and has a household income of $14,253 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 84% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 13% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 60% 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, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 31% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

32% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 59% of all households were headed by a female.

64% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 44% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Seattle Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 50% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

56% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 25% with 2 bedrooms and 20% with 3 or more bedrooms. 8% 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 Seattle Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $352 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $776. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $88.



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 Seattle Housing Authority

Meadowbrook View

11032 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, Washington

Jefferson Terrace

800 Jefferson St
Seattle, Washington

Olive Ridge

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Seattle, Washington

Bell Towers

2215 1st Ave
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Denny Terrace

100 Melrose Ave E
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Green Lake Plaza

505 NE 70th St
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Tri - Court

724 N 143rd St
Seattle, Washington

Cedarvale Village

11219 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, Washington

Scattered Site

Scattered
Seattle, Washington

Stone View Village

11508 Stone Ave N
Seattle, Washington

New Holly Phase IIi

3815 S Othello St
Seattle, Washington

Rainier Vista Phase I

4570 MLK Jr S
Seattle, Washington

Yesler Terrace

207 9th Ave
Seattle, Washington

Jackson Park Village

14312 30th Ave NE
Seattle, Washington

Denice Hunt Townhomes

8507 Fremont Ave N
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New Holly Phase I

3011 S Willow St
Seattle, Washington

Stoneview Phase II

11532 Stone Ave N
Seattle, Washington

Roxbury Replacement Units

9405 27th Ave SW
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New Holly Phase II

7085 Holly Park Dr S
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Longfellow Creek

5915 Delridge Way SW
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Wisteria Court

7544 24th Ave SW
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High Point

6040 35th Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington

Lake City Court

12536 33rd Ave NE
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Pinehurst Court

12702 15th Ave NE
Seattle, Washington

Columbia Place

4628 S Holly St
Seattle, Washington

Michaelson Manor

320 W Roy St
Seattle, Washington

Bitter Lake Manor

620 N 130th St
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Low Income Housing Managed by Seattle Housing Authority

Esperanza Apartments

6940 37TH AVE SOUTH
Seattle, Washington
$1245
1 BR

Westwood Heights

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Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accessible

Urban League Village Apartments

2300 S Massachusetts St
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Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR