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How to Apply

To apply for the Seattle Senior Housing Program:

1. Submit a pre-application

You can submit your pre-application online.

If you are applying to the Seattle Senior Housing Program and one or more of the following programs—Low Income Public Housing or High Point, NewHolly, or Rainier Vista—submit the paper pre-application form below in person or by mail at the Housing Service Center, located on the first floor of our Central Office. These pre-application forms and guides are available in six languages, in PDF format:

2. Join the waiting list

After submitting a pre-application you will be added to the waiting list for a Seattle Senior Housing Program unit. The amount of time you will spend on a waiting list depends on the demand for housing and waiting list preferences.

3. Submit a full application when you reach the top of the waiting list

When your name comes to the top of the waiting list you will be contacted by mail and invited to come to an interview appointment. At the interview you will meet with a staff member who will guide you through the full application process. They will collect documentation to confirm that you qualify for the Seattle Senior Housing Program.

All applicants are required to pay a fee to cover the required checks of their rental history, credit, Social Security Number, and criminal background during the screening process.

4. Have your application approved or denied

If you qualify, your application will be approved and you will be referred for placement in a unit in the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The approval is conditional until you lease a unit.

If you don't qualify, your application will be conditionally denied. If your application is denied, you will be allowed to provide more information to show that you qualify for assistance. If that information is not sufficient, you may contest the denial by requesting an appeal in writing.