Looking for affordable housing in Seattle? The Office of Housing has collected resources to assist low-income families to find an apartment that fits their budget and needs. The majority of these apartments are rent-restricted and require income verification.
HousingSearchNW.org is a free resource to help you find a home anywhere in Washington State that fits your needs and budget. Property owners and managers throughout the state can post apartments or homes for rent any time, which means that the HousingSearchNW list is always current. The website is accessible 24 hours a day, while a toll-free call center (1-877-428-8844) is open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Interpretation in a number of languages is available through the call center.
Aptfinder.org is a non-profit website formed to connect low income households with affordable apartment communities throughout Washington State. Listings are voluntarily advertised by owners and managers of rental apartments for low-income households whose annual income is below 80% of area median income. Aptfinder.org includes both subsidized and unsubsidized apartments.
Seattle has a strong nonprofit affordable housing community, providing a range of homes for low-income families. The Office of Housing provides funding for these buildings, ensuring the apartments remain affordable and livable for 50 years. Each organization manages its own application process. Contact each organization to learn more.
Building better communities through the arts.
A nonprofit organization meeting the region's affordable housing needs by developing and managing quality, safe and permanent affordable housing.
Capitol Hill Housing
Offers secure, comfortable and affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families across a broad range of incomes to support social and economic diversity.
Catholic Housing Services
Permanent and transitional housing programs for homeless and low-income persons
Central Area Development Association (CADA)
Affordable multifamily apartments, mixed-use developments and community programs in the Central Area.
Compass Housing Alliance
A coalition of Lutheran congregations whose mission is to build safe and nurturing communities that recognize the right to affordable housing, the importance of self-determination, and the value of mutual respect.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA)
Affordable housing resource program, offering housing that is less expensive than for-profit buildings so that families with lower incomes can always live in Delridge.
DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center)
Serves disabled and vulnerable homeless adults, providing a variety of housing options, which all include case management and/or on-site coordination of support services.
Habitat for Humanity Seattle- King County
A homeownership program with homeowners investing hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and they pay a no-profit, no-interest mortgage.
InterIm Community Development Association
Affordable housing development in Seattle's International District and the larger Asian/Pacific community.
Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income and homeless families and individuals.
Mt. Baker Housing Association
Owns and operates apartments in the Rainier Valley for low-income persons, mostly with Section 8 rental assistance.
Plymouth Housing Group (PHG)
Providing affordable housing and supportive services to people in transition from city streets to permanent homes.
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDPDA)
Provides opportunities for low- to moderate-income individuals, families and seniors to afford a safe and decent place to live in the heart of the bustling Chinatown International District, near the city center and city jobs.
Seattle Housing Authority
Provides low-income housing and Section 8 housing vouchers.
SouthEast Effective Development (SEED)
A not-for-profit community development corporation concerned with affordable housing, economic development, arts and cultural programs.
Owns and operates permanent and transitional low-income apartments for women and their families. Also has an employment and daycare center in downtown Seattle.
As of September 2016, over 150 apartment buildings in Seattle are rent-restricted through participation in the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program and/or through Incentive Zoning. These apartments are available to low to moderate income individuals and families, with specific income requirements dependent on the size of the household and the number of bedrooms. Each building's property managment team handles the income verification and leasing process. Inquiries about current vacancies and the application process should be directed to the property.
Renting Affordable Units in the MFTE and Incentive Zoning programs
Renter applicants interested in applying for income/rent restricted units through the MFTE and/or Incentive Zoning programs should:
- Read the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program Applicant/Resident FAQ
- Review the income, rent, and affordability restrictions of individual buildings using the MFTE Participant Contact List, available in pdf and in Excel.
- 2016 income and rent restrictions are available for the MFTE program and Incentive Zoning Program.
- Inquire directly with properties you are interested in to find out about vacancies
- All households applying for MFTE must disclose all income sources and have income verified prior to signing a lease. Anticipate income verification to take 2-3 weeks once all information is provided to the property. Contact the property for any income verification status update requests.
- The Office of Housing does not maintain an MFTE/IZ waitlist or actively track vacancies.