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Affordable Housing In Tacoma
Pierce County, Washington

98 Low Income Apartment Communities In Tacoma

The Woodmark

2425 S 96th St
Tacoma, Washington
1-2 BR

Tahoma View

11208 1st Avenue Ct E
Tacoma, Washington
Income Based
1-3 BR

Catalina Apartments

1616S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, Washington
Income Based
1-3 BR

Mason Avenue Apartments

3808 S Mason Ave
Tacoma, Washington
1-3 BR

Bay Terrace

2550 S G St
Tacoma, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Eliza Mccabe Townhomes

2315 Yakima Ave
Tacoma, Washington
Income Based
2-3 BR

Hillside Garden Townhomes

1708 S G St
Tacoma, Washington
Income Based
1-3 BR

New Tacoma Senior Apartments

1709 S G St
Tacoma, Washington
Income Based
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing


1809 105th St Ct S
Tacoma, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Fern Hill Terrace

214 S. 80th Street #A
Tacoma, Washington
Income Based
2-3 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Tacoma

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Tacoma, Washington

There are 98 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,159 affordable apartments for rent in Tacoma, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma features 2,550 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 Tacoma, Washington

There are 3,804 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Tacoma.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Tacoma, Washington

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Tacoma, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,315 and $1,607.

2021 Tacoma, 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 $1,011 $1,126 $1,461 $2,091 $2,530
Payment Standard Range $910 to $1,112 $1,013 to $1,239 $1,315 to $1,607 $1,882 to $2,300 $2,277 to $2,783

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Tacoma, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 98
Total Low Income Apartments 7,159
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,550
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 49.47%
Average Renter Household Size 2.32
Average Household Size 2.51
Median Household Income $52,042 ±$1,091
Median Rent $947 ±$14
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50.02% ± 2.04pp
Total Population 203,481

Population and Household Demographics

Tacoma is a city in Pierce County, Washington with a population of 203,481. There are 79,026 households in the city with an average household size of 2.51 persons. 49.47% of households in Tacoma are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Tacoma

The median gross income for households in Tacoma is $52,042 a year, or $4,337 a month. The median rent for the city is $947 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Tacoma, a household making less than $3,157 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50.02% of households who rent are overburdened in Tacoma.

Area Median Income In Tacoma

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 Tacoma, the AMI is calculated from all households within Pierce County.

In Tacoma, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,300

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 Tacoma

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 Tacoma

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,200 $20,800 $23,400 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $30,300 $34,600 $38,950 $43,250 $46,750 $50,200 $53,650 $57,100
80% of Median $48,450 $55,400 $62,300 $69,200 $74,750 $80,300 $85,850 $91,350