Affordable Housing In King County
Washington

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There are 603 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 53,260 affordable apartments for rent in King County, Washington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 16,664 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 3,829 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.

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

Affordable Apartments in King County

424 Healy Avenue S
North Bend, Washington
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
51 Burnett Ave S
Renton, Washington
Cedar River Terrace is a 72 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Renton. Rents at Cedar River Terrace are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+)
408 Monroe Ave NE
Renton, Washington
Cedar Park Apartments is a 244 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Renton. Rents at Cedar Park Apartments are $800-1,000.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Renton.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1660 24th Pl NE
Issaquah, Washington
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 Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1442 Hillcrest Lane NE
Renton, Washington
Hillcrest Terrace is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Renton. Rents at Hillcrest Terrace are Income Based.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing

Housing Authorities that serve King County

The King County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Tukwila, Washington.

Other Housing Authorities located in King County

The Seattle Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Seattle, Washington.

The Renton Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Renton, Washington.

Understanding Affordable Housing in King County, Washington

King County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 603
Total Low Income Apartments 53,260
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 16,664
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 42.58%
Average Renter Household Size 2.22
Total Population 2,045,756
Housing Units 819,651
Average Household Size 2.45
Median Household Income $75,302 ±$690
Median Rent $1,204 ±$7
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 45.03% ± 0.75pp

Population and Household Demographics

King County is a County in Washington with a population of 2,045,756. There are 819,651 households in the county with an average household size of 2.45 persons. 42.58% of households in King County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in King County

The median gross income for households in King County is $75,302 a year, or $6,275 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,204 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 $4,013 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 45.03% of households who rent are overburdened in King County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 0.75 percentage points.

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 $96,000

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 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.

King County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $20,200 $23,050 $25,950 $28,800 $31,150 $33,450 $37,140 $41,320
50% $33,600 $38,400 $43,200 $48,000 $51,850 $55,700 $59,550 $63,400
80% $50,400 $57,600 $64,800 $72,000 $77,800 $83,550 $89,300 $95,050

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.

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.

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.

King County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $33,600 $38,400 $43,200 $48,000 $51,850 $55,700 $59,550 $63,400
60% $40,320 $46,080 $51,840 $57,600 $62,220 $66,840 $71,460 $76,080

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 $51,840 a year, or $4,320 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,320 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,296 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $840 $900 $1,080 $1,248 $1,393 $1,537
60% $1,008 $1,080 $1,296 $1,498 $1,671 $1,844
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

Cities In King County

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City Listings Served By
Algona 1
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 23 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 6
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 16 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 33 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 361 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