Tacoma Housing Authority

902 S L Street
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington 98405

Tacoma Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Tacoma, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Moving to Work, and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs.

Tacoma Housing Authority serves Tacoma.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Tacoma, Washington Housing Opportunity Program Closed
THA Apartments Closed

Other Tacoma Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Tacoma, Washington Housing Opportunity Program Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) Housing Opportunity Program waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 7, 2019, until October 18, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

According to the THA, "HOP (Housing Opportunity Program) helps low-income households pay the rent each month to their private landlords. It replaces the Section 8 program. HOP provides households with a fixed subsidy based on household size instead of income. Also, if you are considered work-able, your rental subsidy will be limited to five years. Seniors and/or people with disabilities have no time limit."

Please note: A household must have three or more people to be eligible to apply for this waiting list.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call the THA.
  3. Visit one of two offices in person.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

About 1,200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

The THA will start to call applicants on November 4, 2019 to tell them if they were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the THA Housing Opportunity Program Eligibility page, or the THA website.

Last Updated on 10/18/2019.

Closed: THA Apartments Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) waiting list for THA apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 7, 2019, until October 18, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: A household must have three or more people to be eligible to apply for this waiting list.

There were three ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call the THA.
  3. Visit one of two offices in person.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

About 1,200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

The THA will start to call applicants on November 4, 2019 to tell them if they were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the THA website.

Last Updated on 10/18/2019.

About Tacoma Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Tacoma Housing Authority may be available by phone at (253) 207-4400. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/19/2019, 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 4,199 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 73 3,381 135 96
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $775 $556 $694 $599 $648
Monthly Cost $32,530 $40,580 $2,347,998 $80,906 $62,240

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.


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