Affordable Housing In Thurston County
Washington

37 Low Income Apartment Communities In Thurston County

Rainier Apartments

202 Edward Street
Yelm, Washington
$796-846
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Evergreen Vista Apartments

1209 Fern St SW
Olympia, Washington
$920-1,050
2-3 BR

Providence St Francis House

3415 12th Ave NE
Olympia, Washington
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Evergreen Vista II

1225 Fern St SW
Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Boardwalk Apartments

410 & 510 Capitol Way N
Olympia, Washington
$813-925
1-2 BR
62+

Casa Madrona

3948 Martin Way E
Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR
Accessible
62+

Deschutes Cove Apartments

7201 Henderson Blvd. SE
Olympia, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Krislen Apartments

9525 CULLENS RD SE
Yelm, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR
55+
Accessible
62+

South Sound Villa Apartments

4101 Lacey Blvd SE
Lacey, Washington
Subsidized

Quixote Village

3350 MOTTMAN RD SW
Olympia, Washington

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Thurston County, 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 Thurston County, Washington

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of Thurston County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Thurston County, Washington

There are 37 low income housing apartment communities offering 2,999 affordable apartments for rent in Thurston County, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Thurston County, Washington

Thurston County features 773 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 Thurston County, Washington

There are 2,226 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Thurston County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Thurston County, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Thurston County landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Thurston County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Thurston County, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,146 and $1,400.

2022 Thurston County, 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
Thurston County, Washington Fair Market Rent $1,035 $1,076 $1,273 $1,808 $2,179
Thurston County, Washington Payment Standard Range $932 to $1,139 $968 to $1,184 $1,146 to $1,400 $1,627 to $1,989 $1,961 to $2,397

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Thurston County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 37
Total Low Income Apartments 2,999
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 773
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.44%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Average Household Size 2.52
Median Household Income $61,677 ±$1,071
Median Rent $1,054 ±$19
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.67% ± 2.38pp
Total Population 262,723

Population and Household Demographics

Thurston County is a county in Washington with a population of 262,723. There are 102,631 households in the county with an average household size of 2.52 persons. 35.44% of households in Thurston County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Thurston County

The median gross income for households in Thurston County is $61,677 a year, or $5,140 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,054 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Thurston County, a household making less than $3,513 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.67% of households who rent are overburdened in Thurston County.

Area Median Income In Thurston County

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.

In Thurston County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,200

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 Thurston County

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 Thurston County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Thurston County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,950 $21,650 $24,350 $27,050 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Thurston County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$31,600 $36,100 $40,600 $45,100 $48,750 $52,350 $55,950 $59,550
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Thurston County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$50,550 $57,750 $64,950 $72,150 $77,950 $83,700 $89,500 $95,250

Cities In Thurston County

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City Served By
Bucoda The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bucoda is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Grand Mound The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grand Mound is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Lacey The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lacey is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Nisqually Indian Community The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nisqually Indian Community is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
North Yelm The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Yelm is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Olympia The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Olympia is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Rainier The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rainier is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Rochester The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rochester is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Tanglewilde The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tanglewilde is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Tenino The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tenino is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Tumwater The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tumwater is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.
Yelm The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Yelm is the Housing Authority of Thurston County.