Affordable Housing In Tacoma
Pierce County, Washington

98 Low Income Apartment Communities In Tacoma

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

Mason Avenue Apartments

3808 South Mason Avenue
Tacoma, WA
$642-864
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

Fern Hill Terrace

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

Sienna Park Apartments

10710 17th Ave South
Tacoma, WA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Alberta J. Canada Apartments

1114 S 11th St
Tacoma, WA
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Oak Trace Apartments

7419 South Verde Street
Tacoma, WA
$366-1,070
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

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

According to federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research, there are 98 low income housing apartment communities offering 7,155 affordable apartments for rent in Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma features 2,546 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 3,804 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Tacoma.

Tacoma, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 98
Total Low Income Apartments 7,155
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,546
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.1

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 $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 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 Tacoma 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 $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 Tacoma

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2011, 42 low income apartment communities containing 3,624 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Tacoma 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 Tacoma

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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma

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