Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in King County, WA

Discover affordable housing in King County where there are 680+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Eastwood Square Apartments

14531 NE 35th St, Bellevue, Washington 98007

AVA Queen Anne

330 3rd Ave W, Seattle, Washington 98119

Esperanza Apartments

6940 37th Ave. S. , Seattle, Washington 98118

Cedar Park Apartments

12740 30th Avenue NE , Seattle, Washington 98125

Washington Terrace

609 Yesler Way, Seattle, Washington 98104

Woodlands at Forbes Lake

9224 Slater Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98033

Compass at Ronald Commons

17920 Linden Ave N, Shoreline, Washington 98133

Burien Haus Apartments

430 SW 154th St, Burien, Washington 98166

An Lac Apartments

1253 South Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington 98144

Lauren Heights Apartments

1660 24th Pl NE, Issaquah, Washington 98029

Columbia City Station Apartments

4484 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, Washington 98108

Auburn Court Apartments

102 10th St NE, Auburn, Washington 98002

Riverside Landing Apartments

10130 W Riverside Dr, Bothell, Washington 98011

Si View Apartments

424 Healy Avenue S, North Bend, Washington 98045

Mariposa Apartments

28120 18th Ave South, Federal Way, Washington 98003

Cove East Apartments

33030 1st Ave S, Federal Way, Washington 98003

Mitchell Place Senior Residence

1001 S. 336th Street, Federal Way, Washington 98003

Peak 88

330 Vuemont Pl NE, Renton, Washington 98056

Golden Pines

2901 NE 10th Street, Renton, Washington 98056

Scenic Vista Senior Apartments

26404 104th Ave SE , Kent, Washington 98030

The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In King County, Washington
$33.81 (+208%) more than Washington minimum wage and $42.84 (+591%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve King County, 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Moving to Work programs for King County, Washington.

Go to the Washington Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near King County.

How many renters live in King County, Washington?

The County of King County has 2,266,789 people living in 945,040 households.

There are 839,850 renters living in 419,367 renter households in this County. Renters make up 37.05 percent of the population living in King County.

What is the rental market like in King County, Washington?

There are an estimated 1,004,742 housing units in the King County area. Of these, 445,948 units are rental homes, making up 44 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in King County, Washington, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in King County?

The rental vacancy rate in King County is 5 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in King County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in King County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
68,187 135,683 135,858 51,983 19,498
Occupied Rental Units by Size in King County

A large number of apartments in King County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in King County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 46 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 22 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in King County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,211 to $4,080. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,211
One BR $2,269
Two BR $2,645
Three BR $3,510
Four BR $4,080
2024 Fair Market Rents in King County, Washington

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in King County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 31,274 46 percent
One BR 45,124 33 percent
Two BR 24,625 18 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in King County, Washington

How many affordable rental units are in King County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in King County, Washington including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 45,806
Public Housing 7,612
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 4,053
Mod Rehab Project-Based Rental Assistance 113
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 625
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 98
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 242
Tracked Units by Federal Program in King County, Washington

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in King County, Washington

King County features 14,816 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 King County, Washington

There are 38,903 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in King County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in King County, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay King County landlords $900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in King County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in King County, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,381 and $2,910.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.