Public Housing Waitlist- Washington

WaitlistTypeStatus
Seattle Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Peninsula Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Bakerview Apartments,Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Kittitas County Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Anacortes Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Kennewick Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of Grant CountyPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Island County Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Housing Authority City of OthelloPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
HA City of Sedro WoolleyPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
HA City of SunnysidePublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
HA City of Walla WallaPublic Housing Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Camas RidgeProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Isabella Court I and IIProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Mill CreekProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Vista CourtSenior Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Skyline Crest ApartmentsProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Meriwether PlaceProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
The Meadows 2 and 3-BedroomProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Rhododendron Place Studio UnitsProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListOpen Until Further Notice
Bremerton Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
Pineview Apartments, Wiggums Park Place Apartments, and Broadway Plaza
Apartments,
Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Douglas Grove Apartments,Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Renton Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
RADProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Kelso Homes and Kalama HomesPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
Cowlitz VillaSenior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting ListClosed
Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin CountyPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
City of Bellingham, 3-4 BedroomPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
Whatcom County 4-BedroomPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
City of BellinghamProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Whatcom County,Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
City of Bellingham, 2-Bedroom,Public Housing Waiting ListClosed
Varsity Village,Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Deer Run TerraceSenior Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
River HouseSenior Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Whatcom County 3-BedroomPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
City of Bellingham, Studio and 1-Bedroom,Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting ListClosed
1-BedroomPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
Krislen Apartments, Homes First Scattered-Site Units, and Evergreen Vista
Apartments;
Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Pierce County Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
Spokane Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Waiting ListClosed
Pope Francis Haven ApartmentsProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
Clare View Seniors Apartments Near Elderly andDisabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed
The Meadows 1-BedroomProject-Based Voucher Waiting ListClosed

What is Public Housing?

Similar to section 8, Public Housing is another form of rental assistance through the government. These programs are put into place to help people who are considered low-income for the area. They also put a lot of lower-income students into better schools so they have access to more opportunities. 

The public housing program is also provided to seniors and people with disabilities. These groups of people made up 56% of public housing recipients in 2020. This program is funded by the Public Housing Capital Fund and the Public Housing Operation Fund which struggle to get funding to meet demand. As always funding is difficult to acquire for these programs and although they get some funding, a lot of these units are in need of renovations and no additional funding has been allocated for building/ buying new units since 1990. 

Who does public housing help?

Public housing helps so many people across the country. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities conducted an analysis on the people who benefit from the public housing program. In 2018 they went through data from the department of housing of urban development and the result are presented below. 

It looks like public housing is used mostly by families of different ethnicities. Looking at this data, it’s nice to see that these programs are actually supporting the youth with 37% of people living in a public housing household are under 18. Public housing gives people access to education and job opportunities outside of their current demographic and makes financial mobility more accessible. 

How do I apply for Public Housing? 

Similar to section 8, there are thousands of Housing Administration offices that work to manage these programs. These offices areas in large cities, full cities, or multiple jurisdictions in the area. The application has to be in written format and there’s no online process. Either you or your local HUD office will fill it out prior to filing. 

There are certain things you’re HUD agent will need in order to assist in completing your application. This includes information about all adults and children residing in the unit, your current contact information, your living circumstances and veteran status, previous landlords for references, information and proof of income, and information on how they can verify the income level. An inspector can also come to your current residence to see the current state of your home and conduct some interviews in the household. More advanced public housing authority offices have self-serve kiosks where you can apply. Aside from that, they can accept applications via email, telephone, and mail. Here are some things you should expect from your applications: 

  • Name and social security number of head of household
  • Date and time of application or application number
  • Household Type
  • Number of family members
  • Amount and source of annual income
  • Admission preference, if any
  • Accessibility requirement, if any
  • Race and ethnicity of the family head

Who qualifies for Public Housing?

There are three main qualification factors to know if you qualify for section 8 housing. These include your income level compared to your area, your disability, elderly or familial status, and your citizenship/immigration status. As you know, income limits change from city to city so you may be eligible in one jurisdiction but not eligible in another. 

There are also some disqualifying factors to consider before applying for public housing. Drug-related crimes are one of the quickest ways to get disqualified from housing assistance. However, if you do have a criminal record, I would reach out to your local housing authority office to see their policy. It is possible to win an appeal based on rehabilitation and mitigation. 

How many Public Housing waitlists are open in Washington?

There are 45 public housing waitlists open in the state of Washington. On this page you’ll see all the current open waitlists and when they were updated. To apply to a waitlist, you’ll have to reach out to your local housing authority office. You can view our income limits tool to see your income limit for different counties. 

Similar to section 8, each jurisdiction establishes and administers its own program while maintaining federal guidelines. If you’d like to apply for multiple jurisdictions, you should contact each local office. 

Can I apply to a waitlist for a different county?

The public housing authority will only accept applications for open waitlists. However, you can apply for any jurisdiction you’d like and your local agent will narrow it down to the units you’re qualified for. It’s against the law for Public Housing Authorities to set minimum resident limits for housing assistance. 

Managing paperwork for so many different applications could get confusing and messy. It’s important that you keep track of all your communications and paperwork. If someone from the PHA repeatedly tries to reach out and has trouble getting in touch with you, you will be removed from the list.

Are my chances better if I apply as soon as it opens?

The Public Housing Authority does allocate preferences for people in certain situations. These preferences come in two forms, the location of the unit and the rankings to get placed in a unit. Before they can set these preferences in place, they need to first figure out which households match which units so they can start the smaller lists.

 It’s not one giant list or a lottery system. Since the lists are smaller, someone with fewer preferences may still get a unit before a priority household because it might not be a fit for other families. Here are some preferences to consider: 

  • Extremely low income (less than 40% of families in the local area)
  • Need to remain in a certain jurisdiction for work or school 
  • Elderly, Displaced or disabled 
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Natural Disaster displacement 

What happens after I get approved?

Someone from your local PHA will reach out to you and let you know there’s a unit available for you. Since there can be multiple units available per waitlist, your agent will discuss the different sizes available to you. If you choose a smaller unit, you cannot request an adjustment unless there’s a change to the number of members in your family. If you choose the larger unit and your family size goes does, you will be moved into smaller units. However, PHA can’t deny a transfer for overcrowded households because this can provide a health and safety risk. 

Once you’re approved and have a unit, you’ll need to sign the lease. There’s additional paperwork since there’s now a third party involved. Over time you can expect people to come and do check-ins on your unit to make sure everything is up to the HUD’s standards.