Affordable Housing In Olympia
Thurston County, Washington

21 Low Income Apartment Communities In Olympia

Evergreen Vista Apartments

1209 Fern St SW
Olympia, Washington
2-3 BR

Providence St Francis House

3415 12th Ave NE
Olympia, Washington
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Evergreen Vista II

1225 Fern St SW
Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Boardwalk Apartments

410 & 510 Capitol Way N
Olympia, Washington
1-2 BR

Crowne Pointe Apartments

2800 Limited Lane Northwest
Olympia, Washington
1-3 BR

Fern Ridge

1309 Fern St SW
Olympia, Washington
1-3 BR

Casa Madrona

3948 Martin Way E
Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR

Deschutes Cove Apartments

7201 Henderson Blvd. SE
Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Quixote Village

Olympia, Washington

Billy Frank Jr Place

Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Supportive Housing
Homeless Supportive Housing
Veterans Welcome

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Olympia, 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 Olympia, Washington

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Thurston County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Olympia, Washington

There are 21 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,045 affordable apartments for rent in Olympia, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Olympia, Washington

Olympia features 536 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 Olympia, Washington

There are 1,509 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Olympia.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Olympia, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Olympia landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Olympia.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Olympia, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,146 and $1,400.

2022 Olympia, 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
Olympia, Washington Fair Market Rent $1,035 $1,076 $1,273 $1,808 $2,179
Olympia, Washington Payment Standard Range $932 to $1,139 $968 to $1,184 $1,146 to $1,400 $1,627 to $1,989 $1,961 to $2,397

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Olympia, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 21
Total Low Income Apartments 2,045
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 536
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.18%
Average Renter Household Size 2.05
Average Household Size 2.28
Median Household Income $53,617 ±$3,814
Median Rent $952 ±$28
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.33% ± 4.56pp
Total Population 48,941

Population and Household Demographics

Olympia is a city in Thurston County, Washington with a population of 48,941. There are 20,870 households in the city with an average household size of 2.28 persons. 52.18% of households in Olympia are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Olympia

The median gross income for households in Olympia is $53,617 a year, or $4,468 a month. The median rent for the city is $952 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Olympia, a household making less than $3,173 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.33% of households who rent are overburdened in Olympia.

Area Median Income In Olympia

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 Olympia, the AMI is calculated from all households within Thurston County.

In Olympia, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $103,500

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 Olympia

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 Olympia

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Olympia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$21,200 $24,200 $27,250 $30,250 $32,700 $37,190 $41,910 $46,630
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Olympia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$35,350 $40,400 $45,450 $50,450 $54,500 $58,550 $62,600 $66,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Olympia AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$56,500 $64,600 $72,650 $80,700 $87,200 $93,650 $100,100 $106,550