How to Apply for Subsidized Housing
The waiting list for subsidized housing is temporarily closed while KCHA reviews and refines its policies and procedures related to the waiting list and transitions to new housing-management software. Ensuring a smooth, effective process for all applicants is hugely important to KCHA, which appreciates the community’s understanding during this period. The waiting list will reopen once the software conversion and restructuring are complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the waiting list be suspended?
We do not have a re-opening date at this time.
How will we find out when the waiting list reopens?
Once we know when the wait list is re-opening, the announcement will be posted on the KCHA website. The Central Application Center will remain open to answer questions at 206-574-1248 or via email at CentralApplications@kcha.org.
Where else can I apply to get help?
For emergency resources, start by calling 211. You can still apply for public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs with other housing authorities. For tenant and landlord resources, the Tenants Union and Housing Justice Project are among many other agencies that may be able to assist. This page has a more complete list of resources. KCHA's other rental housing and its moderate-income housing may provide alternatives for some applicants.
I’m already on the waiting list. Are you canceling my application/taking me off the list?
No. If you have an active application, it won’t be affected by the waiting list closure. While the list is closed, we’ll continue filling vacancies in our properties from the waiting list. The requirement to stay on the list won’t change: Be sure to keep your mailing address current in case we need to contact you and respond to paperwork we send that has a deadline. While not required, we recommend calling every 3-6 months to check your status.
I recently applied but haven’t heard from you. What should I do?
We reply by mail to every application we get — even if it’s incomplete or you’re not eligible. At this time, it takes about 1-2 months to process new applications. If it’s been longer than that since you applied, call us at 206-574-1248. If we can’t answer right away, leave a message, and we’ll call you back. If you applied in the last 1-2 months, we can check to make sure we have your application.
Other Waiting Lists
Other housing authorities in Washington and across the country may also have open waiting lists for subsidized housing. You can view a list of these openings on the Affordable Housing Online website.
Previously Submitted Applications
If any of the information you listed on your application changes, you must report the changes to KCHA as soon as possible. You can report application changes online.
We will contact applicants already on the waiting list by mail when your name nears the top of a waiting list. You will need to provide updated household information (such as income, family composition) at that time. You will also have to submit information for background and credit history checks. If you pass the screening process, KCHA will then contact you when a home with the number of bedrooms you need opens up.