Affordable Housing In Seattle
King County, Washington

Affordable Housing programs support 11,878 income based apartments in Seattle where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 22,207 affordable apartments in Seattle that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Seattle, Washington

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Seattle. Go to the Washington Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Seattle.

Mercy Othello Plaza Apartments

6940 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Esperanza Apartments

6940 37th Ave. S.
Seattle, Washington
$1245
1 BR
55+
Affordable

Chancery Place

910 Marion St
Seattle, Washington
Income Based
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Frye Apartments

223 Yesler Way
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Affordable

Cabrini Senior Housing

909 Boren Ave
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Rent Assisted
Elderly Supportive Housing

Urban League Village Apartments

2300 S Massachusetts St
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Affordable

El Nor House

117 18th Ave
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
55+

Helen V Apartments

1319 E Union St
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted

Alder Crest Apartments

6520 35th Ave SW
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Affordable

Compass on Dexter

756 John St
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing Near Seattle

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City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Algona, WA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Algona.
Affordable Housing In Auburn, WA Affordable Housing programs support 30 apartment communities in Auburn.
Affordable Housing In Bellevue, WA Affordable Housing programs support 30 apartment communities in Bellevue.
Affordable Housing In Bothell, WA Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Bothell.
Affordable Housing In Burien, WA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Burien.
Affordable Housing In Covington, WA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Covington.
Affordable Housing In Des Moines, WA Affordable Housing programs support 10 apartment communities in Des Moines.
Affordable Housing In Enumclaw, WA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Enumclaw.
Affordable Housing In Federal Way, WA Affordable Housing programs support 21 apartment communities in Federal Way.
Affordable Housing In Issaquah, WA Affordable Housing programs support 16 apartment communities in Issaquah.
Affordable Housing In Kenmore, WA Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Kenmore.
Affordable Housing In Kent, WA Affordable Housing programs support 29 apartment communities in Kent.
Affordable Housing In Kirkland, WA Affordable Housing programs support 16 apartment communities in Kirkland.
Affordable Housing In Maple Valley, WA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Maple Valley.
Affordable Housing In Mercer Island, WA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Mercer Island.
Affordable Housing In Milton, WA Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Milton.
Affordable Housing In Morton, WA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Morton.
Affordable Housing In North Bend, WA Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in North Bend.
Affordable Housing In Pacific, WA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Pacific.
Affordable Housing In Redmond, WA Affordable Housing programs support 17 apartment communities in Redmond.
Affordable Housing In Renton, WA Affordable Housing programs support 37 apartment communities in Renton.
Affordable Housing In Seatac, WA Affordable Housing programs support 6 apartment communities in Seatac.
Affordable Housing In Shoreline, WA Affordable Housing programs support 16 apartment communities in Shoreline.
Affordable Housing In Snoqualmie, WA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Snoqualmie.
Affordable Housing In Tukwila, WA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Tukwila.
Affordable Housing In Vashon, WA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Vashon.
Affordable Housing In White Center, WA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in White Center.
Affordable Housing In Woodinville, WA Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Woodinville.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Seattle, 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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Seattle Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
King County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work
Go to the Washington Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Seattle.

Seattle, Washington Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Seattle, Washington

Seattle features 11,878 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 Seattle, Washington

There are 22,207 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Seattle.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Seattle, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Seattle landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Seattle.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Seattle, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,979 and $2,419.

2023 Seattle, 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
Seattle, Washington Fair Market Rent $1,829 $1,881 $2,199 $2,953 $3,446
Seattle, Washington Payment Standard Range $1,646 to $2,012 $1,693 to $2,069 $1,979 to $2,419 $2,658 to $3,248 $3,101 to $3,791

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Seattle, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 394
Total Low Income Apartments 34,925
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 11,878
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 53.87%
Average Renter Household Size 1.89
Average Household Size 2.12
Median Household Income $70,594 ±$880
Median Rent $1,185 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.87% ± 1.1pp
Total Population 653,017

Population and Household Demographics

Seattle is a city in King County, Washington with a population of 653,017. There are 296,633 households in the city with an average household size of 2.12 persons. 53.87% of households in Seattle are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Seattle

The median gross income for households in Seattle is $70,594 a year, or $5,883 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,185 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Seattle, a household making less than $3,950 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.87% of households who rent are overburdened in Seattle.

Area Median Income In Seattle

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 Seattle, the AMI is calculated from all households within King County.

In Seattle, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $134,600

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 Seattle

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 Seattle

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Seattle AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$27,200 $31,050 $34,950 $38,800 $41,950 $45,050 $48,150 $51,250
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Seattle AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$45,300 $51,800 $58,250 $64,700 $69,900 $75,100 $80,250 $85,450
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Seattle AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$66,750 $76,250 $85,800 $95,300 $102,950 $110,550 $118,200 $125,800