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Affordable Housing In Seattle
King County, Washington

358 Low Income Apartment Communities In Seattle

Mercy Othello Plaza Apartments

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

Chancery Place

910 Marion St
Seattle, Washington
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Frye Apartments

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

Urban League Village Apartments

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

Columbia City Station Apartments

4484 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, Washington
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Plaza Roberto Maestas

1650 S Roberto Maestas Festival St
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Mount Baker Village

2900 South McClellan Street
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Accepts Vouchers

An Lac Apartments

1253 South Jackson Street
Seattle, Washington
Studio-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

501 Rainier Supportive Housing

Rainier Ave and S King St
Seattle, Washington
Income Based
Studio BR
Accepts Vouchers

Compass Broadview

147 North 132nd Street
Seattle, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Seattle

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Seattle, Washington

There are 358 low income housing apartment communities offering 31,777 affordable apartments for rent in Seattle, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Seattle, Washington

Seattle features 9,700 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 21,715 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 $1,889 and $2,309.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $1,627 $1,741 $2,099 $2,993 $3,524
Payment Standard Range $1,464 to $1,790 $1,567 to $1,915 $1,889 to $2,309 $2,694 to $3,292 $3,172 to $3,876

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Seattle, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 358
Total Low Income Apartments 31,777
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 9,700
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 $113,300

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $25,100 $28,650 $32,250 $35,800 $38,700 $41,550 $44,400 $47,300
50% of Median $41,800 $47,800 $53,750 $59,700 $64,500 $69,300 $74,050 $78,850
80% of Median $66,700 $76,200 $85,750 $95,250 $102,900 $110,500 $118,150 $125,750