Section 8 Vouchers

King County Housing Authority
  • Who's Eligible
    Head of household must be over the age of 18 AND Households must contain at least one member who - Has a disability OR - Is 62 years or older OR - Is under 18 years of age AND Household's annual gross income (income received before any taxes and/or withholdings are taken out) must be at or below 80% Area Median Income AND Household must meet at least one of the following program preferences: - Lack a regular nighttime residence, which includes anyone living outside, living in a temporary shelter, living in a car or RV, and/or living with family or friends in an overcrowded situation OR - Pay 50% or more of household income towards rent and basic utilities (basic utilities are electricity, gas, water, sewer, and trash) OR - Need to move due to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and/or sex trafficking OR - Need to move due to unit inaccessibility, natural disaster, government intervention and/or hate crime OR - Currently live in a dilapidated or unsafe unit (i.e., a unit lacking proper plumbing or heating) OR - Make less than 30% of Area Median Income AND Generally, the household cannot currently be living in government-subsidized housing.
  • How to Apply
    Vouchers are distributed through a lottery based system whenever the waitlist runs low. Applications will be available online only. Applicants can call if they are having problems with the application. Assistance will be available for those needing access. KCHA will hold a random lottery drawing to select 3,500 households from the applications received during the waitlist opening. KCHA will add these names to the waiting list in the order selected. Applicants will receive a letter from us stating whether or not you were selected for the new waiting list. Notification will be sent by email if given, or by U.S. postal mail if no email address is given, no later than May 31. Updates on the selection process will be available on the website. Applicants should contact KCHA if they do not receive a letter by May 31.
  • Fee
    30-40% of adjusted household income for rent. Annual income, number of minors and certain household expenses are considered in determining adjusted income.
  • Area Served
    King
Seattle Housing Authority
  • Who's Eligible
    At the time an applicant is called off the waitlist the total household income must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income. Preference will be given to households that are at or below 30% of Area Median Income. Successful applicants must use the voucher within Seattle city limits for one year, after which time they can relocate. Applicants must be 18 years or older, or an emancipated minor. Cannot serve households who owe money to SHA or another housing authority, until the debt is repaid in full. Cannot serve households if any member was terminated from the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program for violating any specified program tenant obligation in the past five years. Cannot provide vouchers to applicants with certain criminal offenses, including any sex offenses requiring sex offender registration. Eligibility for a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) does not guarantee eligibility for any rental unit; landlords perform their own additional screenings.
  • How to Apply
    The waitlist typically opens every 2-3 years. From the pool of registrants, 3,500 households are randomly selected to be placed on the waitlist. Letters will be mailed notifying all registered households whether or not they received a place on the new waitlist. Those who have not received a letter are advised to call.
  • Fee
    No fees for application. Clients pay 30-40% of adjusted income for monthly rent, with minimum of about $50 per month required.
  • Area Served
    King
Renton Housing Authority
  • Who's Eligible
    Households with incomes at or below 50% of Area Median Income.
  • How to Apply
    Waitlist is closed as of June 5, 2012.
  • Fee
    Clients pay minimum of 30% (maximum of 40%) of adjusted gross monthly income for rent; the Housing Authority pays its portion directly to the landlord.
  • Area Served
    King