Yakima Housing Authority

810 N 6th Avenue
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington
(509) 453-3106

About Yakima Housing Authority

The Yakima Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Yakima, Washington.

As of December 14th, 2017 we have confirmed Yakima Housing Authority has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The Yakima Housing Authority serves Yakima County, Kittitas County, Sunnyside, Yakima, Zillah, Grandview, Wapato, Mabton, Buena, Selah, Toppenish, Moxee, Tieton, Ellensburg, Roslyn, Cle Elum, Granger, Ahtanum, Cliffdell, Cowiche, Donald, Easton, Eschbach, Gleed, Harrah, Kittitas, Naches, Nile, Outlook, Parker, Ronald, Snoqualmie Pass, South Cle Elum, Summitview, Tampico, Terrace Heights, Thorp, Union Gap, Vantage and White Swan.

Yakima Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Yakima and Kittitas County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Now


The Yakima Housing Authority (YHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from January 1, 2018 at 12:01 am, until January 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm PT

To apply, complete the online application here. Only one application per household will be accepted.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Residents of Yakima and Kittitas County, and victims of domestic violence.

100 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the YHA website, or call the office at (509) 453-3106.


  • What: Yakima Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Opening
  • When: January 1st, 2018 at 12:01 AM PT-January 31st, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application available here.
  • Reasonable Accommodation: Applicants who need help completing the application due to age or disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at (509) 453-3106.
  • Preferences For: Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.  Victims of Domestic Violence.  Persons Who Live, Work, or Attend School Locally. 

  • A waiting list with preferences means that applicants who qualify for the preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of the preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance. Learn More About Preferences.

Last Updated on 01/01/2018.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Yakima Housing Authority (YHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the housing authority to pick up an application, located at 810 North 6th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, Monday-Thursday between the hours of 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
  2. Complete the online application here.

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.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

For more information, visit the YHA website, or call the office at (509) 453-3106.

Last Updated on 12/13/2017.

More information about Yakima Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.yakimahousing.org/housing_authority/.

About the Yakima Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Yakima Housing Authority manages 892 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$438$507$690$345$382
Monthly Cost$250,786$11,146$10,354$22,741$9,542

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Yakima 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 21% having issued approximately 40 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 5 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 20 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 $13,044 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 8% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 63% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

4% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 19% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

50% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

42% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Yakima Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 32% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 61% 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, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Yakima Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $331 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $556. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $91.

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.