How to Apply for Subsidized Housing
Complete the online application form to apply for all types of subsidized housing. You may also download a printable copy of the subsidized housing application (PDF) and return it to KCHA by mail or in person at a property management office.
Please note: KCHA's other rental housing and its moderate-income housing do not use this application.
Fill Out Your Application
The online application asks you to provide details about your household. This includes income sources and information about each family member. It also lets you request a reasonable accommodation (such as wheelchair accessibility) if needed.
Primary Waiting Lists
KCHA lets you select subsidized housing from two types of waiting lists:
- Site-based waiting lists — This option lets you choose up to 2 specific properties. When you reach the top of either list for a home with the number of bedrooms you need, KCHA will offer you housing once a unit becomes vacant.
- Regional waiting lists — This option lets you choose up to 2 regions in King County: North/East, Southwest, or Southeast. When you reach the top of the list for a home with the number of bedrooms you need, KCHA will offer you housing once a unit becomes vacant. We may offer you housing at any property in the region you select.
You may select up to 2 sites, or up to 2 regions. (You may not select 1 site and 1 region.) In each case, you must take the first housing offered when you reach the top of the list. KCHA may cancel your application if you do not.
Other Waiting Lists
Some properties have their own, separate waiting lists. You may select as many of these as you want. They do not affect your status on the 2 site-based or regional lists.
- Local Programs waiting lists — Campus Green, Echo Cove, Harbour Villa, Slater Park
- Private Housing waiting list — Chalet, Landmark, Newporter, Plum Court, Timberwood, Village at Overlake Station, Woodside East
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.
Credit & Criminal History Checks
KCHA uses its own resources to obtain credit and criminal history checks. We verify information at no cost to the applicant household. KCHA does not accept comprehensive reusable tenant screening reports prepared by a consumer reporting agency at the direction of the prospective tenant/household for use in the screening process.
After You Submit Your Application
KCHA will add you to your chosen waiting list after we verify and process your application.
We will contact you 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.
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.