Affordable Housing In Seattle
King County, Washington

373 Low Income Apartment Communities In Seattle

Addison on Fourth

308 4th Ave S
Seattle, Washington

Cascade Hall

204 NE 94th St
Seattle, Washington

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

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 Seattle, Washington

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 373 low income housing apartment communities offering 32,282 affordable apartments for rent in Seattle, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Seattle, Washington

Seattle features 10,070 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 21,792 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 $1,746 and $2,134.

2022 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 $1,588 $1,651 $1,940 $2,654 $3,118
Seattle, Washington Payment Standard Range $1,429 to $1,747 $1,486 to $1,816 $1,746 to $2,134 $2,389 to $2,919 $2,806 to $3,430

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Seattle, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 373
Total Low Income Apartments 32,282
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 10,070
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 $115,700

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.
$24,300 $27,800 $31,250 $34,700 $37,500 $40,300 $43,050 $45,850
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.
$40,500 $46,300 $52,100 $57,850 $62,500 $67,150 $71,750 $76,400
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Seattle AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$63,350 $72,400 $81,450 $90,500 $97,750 $105,000 $112,250 $119,500