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About Affordable Housing In King County

There are 604 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 53,797 subsidized apartments for rent in King County, Washington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 5,521 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 3,600 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in King County. There are 39,512 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In King County, the fair market rents range from $1,093 to $2,654. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in King County read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in King County guide.

To qualify for low income housing in King County a family of four would generally have to earn less than $45,150. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in King County read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in King County guide.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves King County is the King County Housing Authority.

  • The King County Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting List is Open Indefinitely.

The King County Housing Authority offers 33 Public Housing complexes containing 3,279 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in King County

424 Healy Avenue S
Si View Apartments is a 20 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2 bedroom apartments for rent in North Bend. Rents at Si View Apartments are 731.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in North Bend.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
1660 24th Pl NE
Lauren Heights Apartments is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Issaquah. Rents at Lauren Heights Apartments are $859-1,160.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Issaquah.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
6940 37th Avenue South
Esperanza Apartments is a 84 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Seattle.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Seattle.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
26404 104th Ave SE
Scenic Vista Apartments is a 100 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Kent.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Kent.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
28120 18th Ave South
Mariposa Apartments is a 194 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Federal Way. Rents at Mariposa Apartments are $717-922.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Federal Way.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Housing Authorities that serve King County

Understanding Affordable Housing in King County, Washington

King County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 604
Total Low Income Apartments 53,797
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 5,521
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.86%
Average Renter Household Size 1.95
Total Population 1,931,249
Housing Units 789,232
Average Household Size 2.27
Median Household Income $73,035 ±$697
Median Rent $1,161 ±$6
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.63% ± 0.72pp

Population and Household Demographics

King County is a County in Washington with a population of 1,931,249. There are 789,232 households in the county with an average household size of 2.27 persons. 40.86% of households in King County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in King County

The median gross income for households in King County is $73,035 a year, or $6,086 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,161 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In King County, a household making less than $3,870 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.63% of households who rent are overburdened in King County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.72 percentage points.

Fair Market Rents in King County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,093 $1,249 $1,544 $2,240 $2,654
Area Median Income In King County

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.

In King County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,300.

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.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in King County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2009, 370 low income apartment communities containing 30,739 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in King County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in King County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

For affordable apartment communities in King County that received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, monthly rent cannot exceed the Tax Credit maximum rent for the community.

If your income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you may qualify to rent a unit that is subject to the rent limits established by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
50% $31,650 $36,150 $40,650 $45,150 $48,800 $52,400 $56,000 $59,600
60% $37,980 $43,380 $48,780 $54,180 $58,560 $62,880 $67,200 $71,520
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rent Limits

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in King County is $48,780 a year, or $4,065 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,065 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,220 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $791 $848 $1,016 $1,174 $1,310 $1,445
60% $950 $1,017 $1,220 $1,409 $1,572 $1,734
Rental Assistance in King County

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.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

To qualify for most rental assistance programs a renter must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). In some cases, rental assistance is reserved for renters earning 30% or less of the AMI. In King County, to qualify for Section 8 assistance, a renter household containing four persons must earn $45,150 or less. For some targeted rental assistance programs, a renter household of four can’t earn more than $27,100.

It’s important to remember that in many rental assistance programs there are minimum rent regulations requiring assistance recipients to make a minimum payment of between $25 and $50 per month no matter how low their income.

% of AMI 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons 8 Persons
30% $19,000 $21,700 $24,400 $27,100 $29,300 $32,580 $36,730 $40,890
50% $31,650 $36,150 $40,650 $45,150 $48,800 $52,400 $56,000 $59,600
80% $48,550 $55,450 $62,400 $69,300 $74,850 $80,400 $85,950 $91,500

Cities In King County

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City Listings Served By
Algona 0
Ames Lake 0
Auburn 26 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Auburn is the King County Housing Authority.
Baring 0
Beaux Arts Village 0
Bellevue 24 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bellevue is the King County Housing Authority.
Black Diamond 0
Bothel 0
Bothell 6
Boulevard Park 0
Bryn Mawr Skyway 0
Bryn Mawr-Skyway 0
Burien 4
Carnation 0
Clyde Hill 0
Cottage Lake 0
Covington 1
Des Moines 7
Duvall 0
East Hill Meridian 0
East Hill-Meridian 0
East Renton Highlands 0
Eastgate 0
Enumclaw 5
Fairwood 0
Fall City 0
Federal Way 19 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Federal Way is the King County Housing Authority.
Hobart 0
Hunts Point 0
Inglewood finn Hill 0
Inglewood-Finn Hill 0
Issaquah 17 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Issaquah is the King County Housing Authority.
Kenmore 7
Kent 29 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kent is the King County Housing Authority.
Kingsgate 0
Kirkland 13
Klahanie 0
Lake Forest Park 0
Lake Holm 0
Lake Marcel Stillwater 0
Lake Marcel-Stillwater 0
Lake Morton Berrydale 0
Lake Morton-Berrydale 0
Lakeland North 0
Lakeland South 0
Maple Heights Lake Desire 0
Maple Heights-Lake Desire 0
Maple Valley 2
Medina 0
Mercer Island 1
Milton 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Milton is the King County Housing Authority.
Mirrormont 0
Morton 1
Newcastle 0
Normandy Park 1
North Bend 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Bend is the King County Housing Authority.
Pacific 1
Ravensdale 0
Redmond 13
Renton 25 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Renton is the Renton Housing Authority.
Riverbend 0
Riverton 0
Sammamish 0
Seatac 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Seatac is the King County Housing Authority.
Seattle 366 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Seattle is the Seattle Housing Authority.
Shadow Lake 0
Shoreline 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shoreline is the King County Housing Authority.
Skykomish 0
Snoqualmie 0
Tanner 0
Tukwila 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tukwila is the King County Housing Authority.
Union Hill Novelty Hill 0
Union Hill-Novelty Hill 0
Vashon 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vashon is the King County Housing Authority.
White Center 0
Wilderness Rim 0
Woodinville 6
Yarrow Point 0