Low Income Apartments In King County
Washington

Low Income Apartments In King County

Cedar River Terrace

51 Burnett Ave S
Renton, WA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Subsidized

Mitchell Place Senior Residence

1001 S 336th StREET
Federal Way, WA
$544-1,130
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Cascade House

2000 Mountain View Dr
Enumclaw, WA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
HCV Welcome

Columbia City Station Apartments

4484 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA
$840-1,210
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Silver Glen Apartments

1750 152nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA
$298-623
1-3 BR
55+

Cove East Apartments

33030 1st Ave S
Federal Way, WA
$705-1,125
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Crestview Apartments

102 E. 21st Street
Algona, WA
Income Based
1-3 BR

Si View Apartments

424 Healy Avenue S
North Bend, WA
$731
2 BR

AVA Queen Anne

330 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA
$1,239-1,789
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Riverside Landing Apartments

10130 W Riverside Dr
Bothell, WA
$753-1,107
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

There are 612 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 54,520 affordable apartments for rent in King County, Washington. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 16,247 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 4,136 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in King County. There are 36,875 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve King County

Housing Authority Programs
King County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in King County

Housing Authority Programs
Seattle Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing
Renton Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in King County, Washington

King County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 612
Total Low Income Apartments 54,520
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 16,247
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

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 $103,400

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.

Income Qualifications for King County HUD Rental Assistance in King County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $22,500 $25,700 $28,900 $32,100 $34,700 $37,250 $39,850 $42,400
50% of Median $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500 $57,800 $62,100 $66,350 $70,650
80% of Median $56,200 $64,200 $72,250 $80,250 $86,700 $93,100 $99,550 $105,950
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, 271 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.

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.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in King County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
60% of Median $44,940 $51,360 $57,780 $64,200 $69,360 $74,520 $79,620 $84,780

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 $57,780 a year, or $4,815 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,815 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,445 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% $936 $1,003 $1,204 $1,391 $1,553 $1,713
60% $1,124 $1,204 $1,445 $1,670 $1,863 $2,055
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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,416 $1,557 $1,899 $2,733 $3,228

Cities In King County

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City Listings Served By
Seattle 363 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Seattle is the Seattle Housing Authority.
Auburn 26 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Auburn is the King County Housing Authority.
Federal Way 18 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Federal Way is the King County Housing Authority.
Issaquah 17 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Issaquah is the King County Housing Authority.
Shoreline 13 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Shoreline is the King County Housing Authority.
North Bend 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Bend is the King County Housing Authority.
Kent 29 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kent is the King County Housing Authority.
Renton 34 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Renton is the Renton Housing Authority.
Bellevue 24 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bellevue is the King County Housing Authority.
Vashon 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vashon is the King County Housing Authority.
Seatac 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Seatac is the King County Housing Authority.
Tukwila 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tukwila is the King County Housing Authority.
Milton 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Milton is the King County Housing Authority.
Enumclaw 5
Kirkland 14
Redmond 15
Des Moines 6
Kenmore 6
Morton 1
Mercer Island 1
Burien 4
Woodinville 6
Pacific 1
Bothel 0
Bothell 5
Maple Valley 2
Inglewood finn Hill 0
Algona 1
Ames Lake 0
Baring 0
Beaux Arts Village 0
Black Diamond 0
Boulevard Park 0
Bryn Mawr Skyway 0
Carnation 0
Clyde Hill 0
Cottage Lake 0
Covington 1
Duvall 0
Eastgate 0
East Hill Meridian 0
East Renton Highlands 0
Fairwood 0
Fall City 0
Hobart 0
Hunts Point 0
Inglewood-Finn Hill 0
Kingsgate 0
Klahanie 0
Lake Forest Park 0
Lake Holm 0
Lakeland North 0
Lakeland South 0
Lake Marcel Stillwater 0
Lake Morton Berrydale 0
Maple Heights Lake Desire 0
Medina 0
Mirrormont 0
Newcastle 0
Normandy Park 1
Ravensdale 0
Riverbend 0
Riverton 0
Sammamish 0
Shadow Lake 0
Skykomish 0
Snoqualmie 0
Tanner 0
Union Hill Novelty Hill 0
White Center 3
Wilderness Rim 0
Yarrow Point 0
Bryn Mawr-Skyway 0
East Hill-Meridian 0
Lake Marcel-Stillwater 0
Lake Morton-Berrydale 0
Maple Heights-Lake Desire 0
Union Hill-Novelty Hill 0