Affordable Housing In Pierce County
Washington

133 Low Income Apartment Communities In Pierce County

Tahoma View

11208 1st Avenue Ct E
Tacoma, WA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Catalina Apartments

1616S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Wisteria Walk Apartments

3615 112th St SW
Lakewood, WA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Mason Avenue Apartments

3808 South Mason Avenue
Tacoma, WA
$642-864
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Glacier Village

212 Glacier Ave N
Eatonville, WA
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Bay Terrace

2547 Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Eliza Mccabe Townhomes

2315 Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA
Income Based
2-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Hillside Garden Townhomes

1708 S G St
Tacoma, WA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

New Tacoma Senior Apartments

1709 S G St
Tacoma, WA
Income Based
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Crown Pointe Apartments

2611 84th Street Ct S
Lakewood, WA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Housing Authorities that serve Pierce County

Housing Authority Programs
Pierce County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Other Housing Authorities located in Pierce County

Housing Authority Programs
Tacoma Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work; Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Pierce County, Washington

There are 133 low income housing apartment communities offering 9,738 affordable apartments for rent in Pierce County, Washington. Pierce County features 3,072 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 5,577 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Pierce County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Pierce County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 133
Total Low Income Apartments 9,738
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 3,072
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 39.01%
Average Renter Household Size 2.51
Average Household Size 2.65
Median Household Income $59,953 ±$619
Median Rent $1,029 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 49.96% ± 1.3pp
Total Population 821,952

Population and Household Demographics

Pierce County is a County in Washington with a population of 821,952. There are 303,586 households in the county with an average household size of 2.65 persons. 39.01% of households in Pierce County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Pierce County

The median gross income for households in Pierce County is $59,953 a year, or $4,996 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,029 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Pierce County, a household making less than $3,430 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 49.96% of households who rent are overburdened in Pierce County.1

Area Median Income In Pierce 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 Pierce County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $80,200

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 Pierce 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 Pierce County HUD Rental Assistance in Pierce County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $16,850 $19,250 $21,650 $25,750 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $28,100 $32,100 $36,100 $40,100 $43,350 $46,550 $49,750 $52,950
80% of Median $44,950 $51,350 $57,750 $64,150 $69,300 $74,450 $79,550 $84,700
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Pierce 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 2011, 58 low income apartment communities containing 5,103 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Pierce 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 Pierce County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $28,100 $32,100 $36,100 $40,100 $43,350 $46,550 $49,750 $52,950
60% of Median $33,720 $38,520 $43,320 $48,120 $52,020 $55,860 $59,700 $63,540

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 Pierce County is $43,320 a year, or $3,610 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,610 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,083 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% $703 $753 $903 $1,043 $1,164 $1,284
60% $843 $903 $1,083 $1,252 $1,397 $1,541
Fair Market Rents in Pierce 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.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$961 $1,075 $1,408 $2,031 $2,472

Cities In Pierce County

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City Listings Served By
Tacoma 98 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Tacoma are the Tacoma Housing Authority and Pierce County Housing Authority.
Gig Harbor 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Gig Harbor is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
Puyallup 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Puyallup is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
Lakewood 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lakewood is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
South Hill 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves South Hill is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
Fife 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fife is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
Graham 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Graham is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
Eatonville 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Eatonville is the Pierce County Housing Authority.
Buckley 1
Sumner 2
Orting 1
Ford 1
University Place 2
Bonney Lake 2
Alder 0
Alderton 0
Anderson Island 0
Artondale 0
Ashford 0
Browns Point 0
Canterwood 0
Carbonado 0
Clear Lake 0
Clover Creek 0
Crocker 0
Dash Point 0
DuPont 0
Edgewood 1
Elbe 0
Elk Plain 0
Fife Heights 0
Fircrest 0
Fort Lewis 0
Fox Island 0
Frederickson 0
Greenwater 0
Herron Island 0
Home 0
Kapowsin 0
Ketron Island 0
Key Center 0
La Grande 0
Lake Tapps 0
Longbranch 0
McChord AFB 0
McKenna 0
McMillin 0
Maplewood 0
Midland 0
North Fort Lewis 0
North Puyallup 0
Parkland 2
Prairie Heights 0
Prairie Ridge 0
Purdy 0
Raft Island 0
Rosedale 0
Roy 1
Ruston 0
South Creek 0
South Prairie 0
Spanaway 0
Stansberry Lake 0
Steilacoom 0
Summit 0
Summit View 0
Vaughn 0
Waller 0
Wauna 0
Wilkeson 0
Wollochet 0