Open Low Income Housing Waiting List in Washington

Find applications for 3 open low-income apartment waiting lists in Washington. Get the information needed to apply for HUD rental housing that can’t be found anywhere else.

Washington Housing Authorities

Anacortes Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Anacortes Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Anacortes Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Bellingham Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
City of Bellingham, 3-Bedroom Closed
City of Bellingham, 2-Bedroom, Closed
Whatcom County 3-Bedroom Closed
Whatcom County, 4 Bedroom Closed
City of Bellingham, 3 and 4 Bedroom Closed
View all 13 Bellingham Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Bellingham Housing Authority is accepting applications for 2 waiting lists now.

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Bremerton Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Kitsap and Mason County, Washington Closed
Bremerton Housing Authority Closed

Bremerton Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Community Action Center Whitman

Community Action Center Whitman serves Washington.

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Everett Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Douglas Grove Apartments, Closed
Grandview, Pineview and Timber Hill Apartments Closed
Bakerview Apartments and Broadway Plaza Apartments Closed
Silver Woods, Studio and 1-Bedroom Closed
Evergreen Court and Village East Senior Apartments, 1-Bedroom Closed

Everett Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Ferry County Joint Housing Authority

Ferry County Joint Housing Authority serves Washington.

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Grays Harbor Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Studio, 1 and 4-Bedroom and Sunrise Court 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom, RAD Closed

Grays Harbor Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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HA City of Richland

HA City of Richland serves Washington.

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HA City of Sedro Woolley

Waiting ListStatus
HA City of Sedro Woolley Open Until Further Notice

HA City of Sedro Woolley is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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HA City of Sunnyside

Waiting ListStatus
HA City of Sunnyside Open Until Further Notice

HA City of Sunnyside is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority City of Othello

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority City of Othello Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority City of Othello is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Asotin County

Housing Authority of Asotin County serves Washington.

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Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee

Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee serves Washington.

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Housing Authority of Grant County

Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of Grant County Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Grant County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Okanogan County

Waiting ListStatus
Pine Meadows Closed
Meadowlark Senior Housing Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Okanogan County is accepting applications for a waiting list now.

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Housing Authority of Skagit County

Housing Authority of Skagit County serves Washington.

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Housing Authority of Snohomish County

Waiting ListStatus
Multiple Properties, Senior and Disabled Open Until Further Notice

Housing Authority of Snohomish County is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Housing Authority of Thurston County

Waiting ListStatus
Evergreen Vista, 2 and 3-Bedroom Closed

Housing Authority of Thurston County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County

Waiting ListStatus
3, 4, 5 and 6-Bedroom Closed

Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Kitsap

Waiting ListStatus
1-Bedroom Closed

Housing Kitsap is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Housing Opportunities of South West Washington

Housing Opportunities of South West Washington serves Washington.

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Island County Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Island County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Island County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Joint Pacific County Housing Authority

Joint Pacific County Housing Authority serves Washington.

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Kalama Housing Authority

Kalama Housing Authority serves Washington.

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Kelso Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Kelso Homes and Kalama Homes Closed
Cowlitz Villa Closed

Kelso Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Kennewick Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Kennewick Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Kennewick Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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King County Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Senior (60+) Subsidized Housing Closed
Senior (62+)/Disabled Subsidized Housing Closed
Senior (55+)/Disabled Subsidized Housing Closed

King County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Kittitas County Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Kittitas County Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Kittitas County Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Peninsula Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Peninsula Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Peninsula Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Pierce County Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Pierce County Housing Authority Closed

Pierce County Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Renton Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Renton Housing Authority Closed

Renton Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Rural Resources Community Action

Rural Resources Community Action serves Washington.

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Seattle Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Seattle Housing Authority Open Until Further Notice

Seattle Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Spokane Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Pope Francis Haven Apartments Closed
Homeyard Cottages Closed
Multiple Properties Closed
Spokane Housing Authority Closed
Clareview, Near Elderly Closed

Spokane Housing Authority is not accepting applications for any waiting lists now, and the waiting lists are not scheduled to open anytime soon. However, Public Housing Agencies offer more programs than the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.

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Tacoma Housing Authority

Tacoma Housing Authority serves Washington.

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Vancouver Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
The Meadows 1-Bedroom Closed
St Helens Manor 1-Bedroom Closed
The Meadows 2 and 3-Bedroom Open Until Further Notice
Meriwether Place Open Until Further Notice
Rhododendron Place Studio Units Open Until Further Notice
View all 10 Vancouver Housing Authority Waiting Lists.

Vancouver Housing Authority is accepting applications for 8 waiting lists now.

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Walla Walla Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
HA City of Walla Walla Open Until Further Notice

Walla Walla Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Whatcom County Housing Authority

Whatcom County Housing Authority serves Washington.

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Yakima Housing Authority

Waiting ListStatus
Elderly/Disabled Housing Open Until Further Notice

Yakima Housing Authority is accepting applications for each waiting list.

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Are Public Housing Waiting Lists Open in Washington?

As of June 7, 2024, AHO is tracking 3 Public Housing waiting lists open right now.

AHO encourages you to apply continuously to open waiting lists as soon as possible. These waiting lists may close without sufficient notice.

How many Public Housing waiting lists were open in Washington in the last few years?

During the last three years, there were 62 Public Housing waiting lists open for at least a day in Washington.

How long were Public Housing waiting lists kept open in Washington in the last few years?

Public Housing waiting lists in Washington were kept open an average of 537 days over the last three years.

Many waiting lists were kept open only a short time. In the last three years, 12.9% were open seven days or less and 4.8% were open for only one day (or a few hours) . This means that it is important for low-income renters to apply right away when they find an open waiting list.

How hard is it to get a Public Housing unit if I don't currently live in the area the housing authority serves?

Some housing authorities have a preference for local residents in their waiting list placement. If you live outside the area you can get on the waiting list, but you will likely wait a long time before a unit becomes available, if at all.

Over the last three years, 4.8% of Public Housing waiting lists in Washington that opened had a preference for local residents.

To what extent do housing authorities in Washington increase access with online applications?

Online applications make it easier for low-income renters to apply for open waiting lists, especially when applying to different communities or when waiting lists are only kept open a short time.

Online applications were used for 69.4% of waiting list applications in in Washington over the last three years.

How fair is waiting list placement in Washington?

Random lotteries were used by 16.1% of housing authorities in Washington to place applicants on their waiting lists over the last three years.

Applicants placed at the bottom of a waiting list may wait up to two or three years before being offered a voucher. Placing applicants on a waiting list using a random lottery gives everyone a fair chance to be near the top of the list.

Many housing authorities place applicants according to the date and time of their submission. Applicants who apply later will have a long wait for assistance, which is especially unfair in cases where waiting lists are kept open just few days or less.

How long do households spend on a Public Housing waiting list in Washington before being offered a unit?

Households spend an average of 26 months on a waiting list before a unit becomes available for them in Washington.

Who is served by Public Housing programs offered through housing authorities in Washington?

Public Housing households served by housing authorities in Washington include:

  • 52% headed by seniors
  • 28% with a person with a disability
  • 22% with children
  • 22% where the majority of household income comes from wages earned

What is the income level of households served by Public Housing programs offered through housing authorities in Washington?

Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals, with "low-income" usually defined as income at or below 80% of the median income (80% AMI) for the county or metropolitan area in which the Public Housing units are located. However, most housing authority Public Housing programs serve households with much lower incomes.

A 50% AMI household is considered very low-income (VLI) and a 30% AMI household is considered extremely low-income (ELI). ELI households are a subset of the VLI households served by a housing authority.

In Public Housing programs of housing authorities in Washington, VLI households make up 94% of voucher-holding households.

ELI households make up 83% of voucher-holding households.

What is a low-income apartment?

A low-income apartment has a federal, state, or local government housing program that makes rent affordable for those who are in need of housing assistance.

These apartments may have rental assistance that allows tenants to pay a portion of their income for rent, or pay a fixed rent amount that is affordable to renters.

Are there different types of housing assistance for low-income apartments?

Yes, there are many different types of housing assistance programs for low-income apartments. Some housing programs, such as Public Housing, allow tenants to pay a portion of their income for rent. Others, like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, provide fixed rents that are affordable to many renters.

The most common housing programs for low-income apartments include:

  • Public Housing
  • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
  • Section 8 Project-Based Voucher
  • RAD Project-Based Voucher
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Section 202 Supportive Housing For The Elderly
  • Section 811 Supportive Housing For Persons With Disabilities
  • Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
  • Section 521 USDA Rental Assistance

Why is there a waiting list for low-income apartments?

There is a higher demand for low-income apartments than available units, so housing agencies have waiting lists. Building a waiting list allows the agency to quickly fill units that are no longer being occupied.

Who can apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

To apply for a low-income apartment waiting list, the head of the household must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant. If the head of household cannot submit an application, another person can submit one on their behalf.

There are many qualifications to get a low-income apartment, including income, housing, and criminal history. But those requirements do not prevent a person from applying for an open waiting list.

What is needed to apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

To apply for a low-income apartment waiting list, renters must usually provide their first and last name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Alien ID, and the total gross income of all household members (with exceptions).

Applications may ask for additional information, including housing history, criminal history, proof of income, and preference verification. Applicants may also be asked for demographic information, like gender, disability status, or race and ethnicity.

When can I apply for a low-income apartment?

Applications for a low-income apartment can only be submitted when the housing agency opens the waiting list.

Waiting lists in many areas are kept open indefinitely, but there are also apartments with waiting lists that are only open for certain periods. Depending on the area, if a waiting list is closed, it may not reopen for many months or years.

How do I apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

When a low-income apartment waiting list is open, there can be a number of different ways to submit an application. In most cases, applications are available online, in person, by mail, or a variety of these options.

Contact the agency that manages the apartment to find out how to submit an application.

Where can I apply for a low-income apartment waiting list?

Renters can apply to most open low-income apartment waiting lists in the country. You do not have to live in the area to apply to most waiting lists, but there are some with restrictions. There are also some apartments with a housing program that is restricted for certain populations. If the apartment or waiting list is restricted, it means that the housing agency is targeting a specific demographic (such as elderly applicants), and documentation or a reference may be required to apply.

However, even if a waiting list is available to the general public, applicants who do not live in the area should check if there are preferences. Preferences give qualified applicants priority placement on the waiting list. And one of the most common preferences is for local residents. This means that non-local applicants may have a very long wait for a voucher, or may not get a voucher at all because of the local demand.

Can I apply for multiple low-income apartment waiting lists?

Yes, renters can apply for multiple low-income apartment waiting lists. There is no limit to how many waiting lists a household may be on.

But, it's usually not allowed to submit multiple applications for the same waiting list. If more than one application is submitted for the same waiting list, the household risks getting disqualified.

Is there an application fee for low-income apartment waiting lists?

Unlike Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, there are many low-income apartment waiting lists that charge a fee to apply. This depends on type of housing assistance for the apartment.

It is against HUD policy for a housing authority to charge an application fee for Public Housing or Section 8 apartments (including Project Based rental Assistance and Project Based Vouchers). If anyone is charging a fee for an application to these apartment types, they are either violating federal law, or a scammer.

But there may be an application fee for apartments with other housing programs.

How long is a waiting list for a low-income apartment?

After being placed on a low-income apartment waiting list, the wait may be anywhere between weeks, months, or even years.

There is no typical wait time for an apartment, but waiting lists are usually shorter than those for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher. The amount of time spent on a waiting list depends on many factors, including how many preferences are met, and the location of rental assistance. An applicant in one area of the country may wait for months, while someone in another area is awaiting for years.

Is there any way to get priority placement on a low-income apartment waiting list?

Yes, many housing agencies use preferences to give a priority to applicants who are part of groups in the area that are in great need of assistance.

Common preference categories for low-income apartment waiting lists include seniors, persons with disabilities, and those who live and work locally. Applicants who qualify for preferences will have a shorter wait time than those who don't.

How can I get more information about a low-income apartment waiting list?

The easiest way to get more information about many low-income apartment waiting lists is to contact the property manager directly. Most managers can be reached by phone, email, or both methods of communication.

Many housing agencies have websites, but not all sites have in-depth details about their apartments. So, contacting the agency directly is usually the most effective way to find out if a waiting list is open, how to apply, and other important apartment requirements.

How does a waiting list for low-income apartments work?

Renters must first submit an application to a housing agency with an open waiting list for a low-income apartment. If a apartment's waiting list is not currently open, applications cannot be submitted.

After applying and getting qualified for the waiting list, the household will be added to the list. Waiting lists that are open indefinitely are almost always sorted by date and time the application is received. If the waiting list for a low-income apartment is only open for a specific period of time, it may be sorted by either random lottery, or date and time.

If the household is selected for the waiting list, the housing agency will send confirmation. Be aware that some waiting lists have preferences (such as elderly or local applicants), and qualified households are given priority placement over others.

After getting placed on a waiting list, prepare to wait for some time. Waiting lists for low-income apartments are usually shorter than those for the Section 8 HCV program, but applicants may still wait weeks, months, or years, depending on the area.

Once the household reaches the top of the waiting list, an eligibility interview will be held to make sure that everyone is qualified. If the household does not meet the qualifications, they can continue applying to other open waiting lists for a chance to get a low-income apartment.