Find Affordable Housing

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. 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. 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 at least 50 years. Each organization manages its own application process. Contact each organization to learn more.

ArtSpace Projects
Building better communities through the arts.

Bellwether Housing
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.

To find a list of Affordable Senior Housing in the City of Seattle, please click on the link below

Affordable Senior Housing List

As of May 2018, approximately 4,000 units in over 190 apartment buildings in Seattle are rent-restricted through the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program and/or Incentive Zoning. These units are available to low to moderate income households, with specific income requirements dependent on the size of the household and the number of bedrooms. Each building's property management team handles the income certification 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 Renter's Guide to Seattle's Multifamily Tax Exemption and Incentive Zoning Programs
  • List of properties participating in the MFTE and Incentive Zoning programs available in pdf and Excel formats
  • 2018 income and rent restrictions are effective for all applicants on or after 5/14/2018
  • 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. Contact the property for any income cerification status update requests.
  • The Office of Housing does not maintain an MFTE/IZ waitlist or actively track vacancies