The King County Housing Authority provides rental housing and rental assistance to more than 20,000 households each night through both federally-funded and local programs.
Families served, by housing type
As of January 2019
As of January 2020, 11,582 households rent affordable housing at one of KCHA's 138 properties. In recent years KCHA has grown its inventory of affordable housing through acquisitions and new development.
Households living in KCHA-owned housing
As of January 2020
Nonprofit partnerships bring together KCHA and local service agencies. They provide emergency and transitional housing for homeless families and people with special needs.
KCHA uses a mix of in-house management, in-house maintenance, and private management firms to oversee its housing.
Types of KCHA-owned housing
As of May 2018
- Subsidized housing
- Moderate-income housing
- Manufactured homes
- Other rental housing
Demographics of KCHA-Supported Families
KCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher and Subsidized Housing programs assist a diverse population that includes the region's lowest-income residents. Half of the families who enter these programs are homeless prior to entry. Households who utilize assistance have very low incomes. Of families served in 2017, 81% earned less than 30% of the area median income (AMI) — $32,100 per year for a family of four.
Diversity of KCHA's resident population
As of May 2018
Housing Choice Voucher Residents
In KCHA's jurisdiction, nearly 10,000 residents rely on a tenant-based voucher to pay for a portion of their housing every night. Of the families who used vouchers to assist with their housing in 2017, 26% included an elderly member, 31% included a non-elderly disabled member, and the remaining 43% included non-elderly and non-disabled members. In 2017, households who used a voucher had a median income of $12,777. 80% earn less than 30% of area median income.
Subsidized Housing Residents
KCHA manages 3,605 units of subsidized housing funded with federal public housing dollars and project-based Housing Choice Vouchers. 44% of these households are families with at least one elderly member. 22% include a disabled member and the remaining 34% include non-elderly and non-disabled members. In 2017, households living in KCHA's subsidized housing had a median income of $11,028. 84% earn less than 30% of area median income.