For media release:

SEATTLE—December 22, 2016—On Monday, February 6, 2017, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will open a lottery for places on a new waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly known as Section 8. These vouchers provide rental assistance for people with low incomes to rent homes owned by landlords in the private market.

Registration for the lottery will be available online only, and will be open from 8 a.m. on February 6, 2017 until 5 p.m. on February 24, 2017, Pacific Time. Registration is only available at, not at any other website. Registration is free; if any website asks for money to complete registration it is not the correct site. The only way to safely register and avoid misleading websites is to type into an internet browser.

The chances of being selected for the waitlist are the same no matter when households register during the open period. Once registration closes, 3,500 applicants will be chosen at random by computer to be placed on the new waitlist. Letters will be mailed by March 31, 2017 notifying all registered households whether or not they received a place on the new waitlist.

SHA will begin issuing vouchers in May 2017 to those selected. It will take two to three years to issue all 3,500 vouchers. People with low randomly assigned numbers will receive their vouchers sooner than people with higher numbers.

Registration is open to adults 18 years old or older or emancipated minors, no matter where they currently live, however successful voucher applicants will initially be required to use the voucher within the city of Seattle for a minimum of one year.

At the time an applicant is called off the waitlist the total household income must be 50 percent or less of area median income (AMI). Preference will be given to households that are at 30 percent or less of AMI. An AMI chart can be found at

It is important to have the following information ready before starting the registration process:

  • The date of birth and social security number for each member of the household;
  • Total annual income of the household;
  • An email address for confirmation of registration; and
  • A mailing address where the household can receive U.S. mail from SHA about the HCV lottery.
  • Registrants who are missing this information or are unclear, should call the HCV waitlist hotline at 206-239-1674, after it is activated on February 6.

More information on eligibility and registering is currently available at Registration will be available on that page beginning at 8 a.m. on February 6. Those who do not have access to a computer can use public computers at some branches of The Seattle Public Library and King County Library System, and other neighborhood sites. Find information at or by calling SHA’s waitlist hotline at 206-239-1674, after it is activated on February 6.

Media contact:

Kerry Coughlin


About Seattle Housing Authority

The mission of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is to enhance the Seattle community by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and self-sufficiency for people with low incomes. SHA provides long-term, low-income rental housing and rental assistance to more than 30,000 people in the City of Seattle. SHA owns and operates approximately 8,000 units at nearly 400 sites throughout the city. SHA also handles more than 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, enabling low-income residents to receive rental assistance throughout the Seattle housing market. Approximately 13,000 SHA residents are elderly or disabled and about 9,500 are children. SHA, a public corporation established in 1939, is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are SHA residents. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. More information is available at

Share →

Copyright © 2013
Seattle Housing Authority

We’re Located At:

190 Queen Anne Ave North
Seattle WA 98109-1028

Phone: 206-239-1500

Can't Find Something?