Find Affordable Rental Housing

Are you searching for affordable rental homes in Seattle? The City of Seattle has agreements with different organizations like for-profit, non-profit, and public partners to offer affordable apartments for people who meet certain income requirements. You'll need to verify your income to apply. The Office of Housing does not own or manage these rental homes. To apply, contact the managers of the rental housing directly.

As of May 2023, over 300 market-rate apartment buildings in Seattle include a modest share of rent-restricted affordable units. Property owners agree to make those units available to satisfy requirements of a variety of land use or incentive requirements (the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program is one example). Household income requirements are dependent on the size of the household and rent levels are typically based on the number of bedrooms. The management team for each property handles the income certification and leasing process. Inquiries about vacancies and the application process must be directed to the property, not the Seattle Office of Housing.

Leasing Affordable Units in Market-Rate Apartment Buildings

If you want to lease an affordable rental unit in an otherwise market-rate property, you must contact the property manager for the participating multifamily rental building. They will provide you an application and certify your household income.

  • Read the Renter's Guide to Market-Rate Apartment Buildings with Affordable Units.
  • List of Market-Rate Apartment Buildings with Affordable Units in PDF and Excel formats.
  • Current income and rent restrictions (effective as of 5/15/2023)
  • Inquire about affordable rental unit vacancies directly with the property managers for properties you are interested in.
  • Households applying to lease an affordable rental unit must disclose all income sources and verify total household income prior to signing a lease. Contact the property manager for properties you are interested for information about the income certification process.

The Office of Housing does not have information about or maintain a waitlist for affordable rental housing 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 low-income housing providers in Seattle. This list does not include organizations that take referrals exclusively from KCRHA’s Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) and other referral sources.

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

Affordable Senior Housing List 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 households with annual incomes no higher than 80% of area median income. 

The properties listed on include both subsidized and unsubsidized apartments regulated by a variety of public agencies in Washington State. helps people locate affordable housing that meets your needs.


Maiko Winkler-Chin, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA , 98124-4725
Phone: (206) 684-0721
Fax: (206) 233-7117

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The mission of the Office of Housing (OH) is to create strong, healthy communities, prevent displacement, and increase opportunities for people of all income levels to live in Seattle.