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Policies

Seattle Housing Authority's policies are reviewed and approved by the Board of Commissioners. They are updated periodically, and those posted on this website may not be consistent with the policy in effect. In such cases, the policy in effect will be applied by Seattle Housing Authority.

In August 2014, the Seattle Housing Authority put forward for broader community discussion a proposal called Stepping Forward. The proposed changes to employment services support and rent policies for work-able adults other than elderly or disabled were designed to address three primary needs to:

  • Provide more people and families access to safe, decent, affordable housing
  • Encourage and better support economic self-sufficiency for work-able adults
  • Create a rent policy that is simple, fair and equitable

During an extensive community outreach process, concerns were raised about the lack of availability of jobs for residents despite increased training and support, and the potential impact of Stepping Forward rent policy proposals on current residents as a result. Seattle Housing put the proposal on hold in order to explore the concerns that were raised.

The information on the Stepping Forward page was posted prior to the December 15, 2014 suspension of Stepping Forward and does not reflect current status.

Policies related to tenant eligibility, occupancy, rents, utilities, security deposits, house rules, pets, and more.

The Administrative Plan explains the policies through which the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is operated.

Policies related to tenant eligibility, occupancy, rents, utilities, security deposits, and more.