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.

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

Prospective tenants wishing to apply for an income/rent restricted unit in a project participating in the MFTE and/or IZ programs, must apply and get income certified at the participating property. It is the responsibility of the property to income qualify prospective tenants for the program.  Prospective tenants for the 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
  • 2021 income and rent restrictions are effective for all applicants on or after 4/1/2021
    • Governor Inslee's Proclamation on Eviction and Related Housing Practices prohibits rent increases through June 30, 2021.
  • Read the MFTE FAQ document
  • 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

 

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

Affordable Housing Providers

*This is not a comprehensive list of all affordable housing owners providers in Seattle.  Agencies taking referrals exclusively from Coordinated Entry for all or other referral sources are not included on this list.

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

Affordable Senior Housing List

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.