Affordable Housing In Federal Way
King County, Washington

20 Low Income Apartment Communities In Federal Way

Mitchell Place Senior Residence

1001 S. 336th Street
Federal Way, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Cove East Apartments

33030 1st Ave S
Federal Way, Washington
$705-1,125
Studio-2 BR

La Madera Apartments

28620 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, Washington

Meridian Court Apartments

31400 23rd Ave S
Federal Way, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Villa Capri

28621 25th Pl S
Federal Way, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Mariposa Apartments

28120 18th Ave South
Federal Way, Washington
$717-922
1-2 BR

Barkley Ridge Apartments

27830 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Celebration Senior Living

1524 S. 328th St.
Federal Way, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Uptown Square

1066 S. 320th St.
Federal Way, Washington
$1,419-2,353
1-5 BR

Southridge House

30838 14th Ave S
Federal Way, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Federal Way, Washington

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Federal Way, Washington

Housing Authority Programs
King County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work

Guide To Affordable Housing in Federal Way, Washington

There are 20 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,510 affordable apartments for rent in Federal Way, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Federal Way, Washington

Federal Way features 172 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Federal Way, Washington

There are 2,338 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Federal Way.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Federal Way, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Federal Way landlords $1,200 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Federal Way.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Federal Way, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,840 and $2,248.

2022 Federal Way, Washington Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Federal Way, Washington Fair Market Rent $1,674 $1,739 $2,044 $2,796 $3,285
Federal Way, Washington Payment Standard Range $1,507 to $1,841 $1,565 to $1,913 $1,840 to $2,248 $2,516 to $3,076 $2,957 to $3,614

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Federal Way, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 20
Total Low Income Apartments 2,510
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 172
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 43.91%
Average Renter Household Size 2.64
Average Household Size 2.70
Median Household Income $55,673 ±$2,828
Median Rent $1,038 ±$29
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.14% ± 3.98pp
Total Population 92,859

Population and Household Demographics

Federal Way is a city in King County, Washington with a population of 92,859. There are 34,117 households in the city with an average household size of 2.70 persons. 43.91% of households in Federal Way are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Federal Way

The median gross income for households in Federal Way is $55,673 a year, or $4,639 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,038 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Federal Way, a household making less than $3,460 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.14% of households who rent are overburdened in Federal Way.

Area Median Income In Federal Way

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Federal Way, the AMI is calculated from all households within King County.

In Federal Way, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $134,600

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Federal Way

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Federal Way

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Federal Way AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$27,200 $31,050 $34,950 $38,800 $41,950 $45,050 $48,150 $51,250
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Federal Way AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$45,300 $51,800 $58,250 $64,700 $69,900 $75,100 $80,250 $85,450
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Federal Way AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$66,750 $76,250 $85,800 $95,300 $102,950 $110,550 $118,200 $125,800