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Partner Housing Eligibility

Households whose incomes do not exceed the higher of the Federal poverty level or 30 percent of area median income may be eligible for Project-based and Mod Rehab units.

Area median income is the midpoint income for the Seattle area. It is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and means that half of the people earn more than the median, and half of the people earn less.

The limits listed below are current as of March 2016, but may change without notice:

Family size Income limit
1 $19,000
2 $21,700
3 $24,400
4 $27,100
5 $29,300
6 $32,580
7 $36,730
8 $40,890
9 $45,050
10 $49,210

A household's assets—money, property, and other goods having value—are taken into account when calculating income. The actual value of your assets is not included, but income created from your assets is. If you have money in a savings account, for example, that money will not be added to your income. However, if you earn interest from the money in your account, the interest will be considered part of your annual income.

Criminal history

Owners screen and select applicants using their own standards for criminal history. In addition, Seattle Housing Authority screens all applicants' criminal history to ensure that they are eligible for subsidy under federal regulations. Applicants may be denied for certain crimes.

Immigration status

You don't need to be a United States citizen to apply for housing, but you do need to be a citizen or have eligible immigration status to receive housing. Learn more about how immigration status affects assistance.

Debt owed to Seattle Housing Authority or another housing authority

Seattle Housing Authority will generally deny the applications of households who owe money to the agency or another housing authority until the debt is repaid in full. Seattle Housing Authority will consider on a case by case basis entering into a repayment agreement for amounts owed to the agency.

Previous termination from the program

Seattle Housing Authority will deny applications if any member of the household has been terminated from the program in the past five years, unless the applicant has support services that will increase the likelihood of successful participation. This does not apply to violations where fraud or deception relating to income or household circumstances was a factor in termination.