Tacoma Housing Authority

902 S L Street
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
(253) 207-4400

Tacoma Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Tacoma, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.

Tacoma Housing Authority serves Tacoma.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Tacoma Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Tacoma Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Tacoma Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please note: The Tacoma Housing Authority no longer administers a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, and instead operates the Housing Opportunity Program (HOP) in its place. As a Moving to Work agency, the THA provides vouchers through HOP as a HUD-funded program that is still very similar to the Section 8 program. The main guidelines of HOP that are different than Section 8 are:
  1. Monthly rent subsidy amount is based on the number of persons living in the household.
  2. Households have a 5-year limit on receiving rental assistance, unless all members of the household are elderly (57+) or disabled, or all adult members of the household receive income due to a senior or disabled family member living in the household.
  3. Vouchers are not portable, unless a member of the household is a victim of domestic violence, or in another situation that requires reasonable accommodation.


The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) Housing Opportunity Program waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for 10 days in July 2015, and before that in 2013. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.



Tacoma, WA is about 35 miles south of Seattle, WA.



There were three ways to apply during the opening period:
  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call the THA office.
  3. Visit the THA office in person.

1,200 applicants were placed onto the waiting list by random lottery.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the THA website, or call the office at (253) 207-4400.

Last Updated on 07/18/2016.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list applications at this time. This waiting list was last open in July 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

The THA offers five apartment communities for families and seven apartment communities dedicated to senior/disabled households. A complete list of each community can be found here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: displaced by a natural disaster, displaced by government action, victim of a hate crime, victim of domestic violence, employed, enrolled in a job or educational training program.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the THA website, or call the office at (253) 207-4400.

Last Updated on 08/01/2016.

About Tacoma Housing Authority

More information about Tacoma Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.tacomahousing.net/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/17/2019, it is not known if Tacoma 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 Tacoma Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Tacoma Housing Authority manages 4,123 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 42 72 3,303 139 90
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $743 $518 $679 $588 $623
Monthly Cost $31,209 $37,291 $2,241,506 $81,710 $56,073

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Tacoma 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 9% having issued approximately 483 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 26 years and 5 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 2.3 persons and has a household income of $14,462 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 25% 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 67% 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, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 25% 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.

43% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

55% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 35% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Tacoma Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 45% 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

39% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 26% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Tacoma Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $381 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $877. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $117.



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 Tacoma Housing Authority

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HCV Welcome

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Bergerson Terrace

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Scattered Sites

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