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Housing Choice Voucher waitlist lottery, February 6 – February 24, 2017

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has opened 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 close at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on February 24, 2017.

Please be sure sure to read the eligibility requirements before registering.


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. To learn if you are eligible to receive a voucher from SHA, please read the Eligibility page.

Registration is free and available online only at The only way to safely register and avoid misleading websites is to type into an internet browser. If any website asks for money to complete registration it is not the correct site.

Please note, since it is not possible to save an unfinished registration, it is best to have this information on-hand before beginning your registration:

  • 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 you can receive mail so that we can contact you regarding the HCV waitlist lottery.
  • If you are missing information or are unclear, please call the HCV waitlist hotline at 206-239-1674 on February 6 before beginning your registration after 8 a.m.

Waitlist lottery information

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.

Only one registration will be accepted per household

Registering for the lottery is not the same as applying for housing; applications for housing must be filed separately. Households randomly selected for the waitlist will receive more information about applying.

If you are already placed on the HCV waitlist that was originally established in 2015, there is no need to register for this lottery. Households still on our waitlist will receive first priority as vouchers become available.

The lottery is not first-come, first-served. It does not make a difference when during the open period you submit your registration. A rush at the beginning of the registration period may result in website instability. If you experience this, please come back to the site later. Also, please do not leave registration until the last minute on February 24 in case you experience technical difficulties.

The registration period will not close early and there is no limit to the total number of registrations SHA will accept.

Need help?

For problems with registration, call the waitlist hotline at 206-239-1674, or submit an email using our contact us form. If your address changes after you have registered please use our address update form.

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, which will be activated on February 6. SHA will be available to help people register at several library locations throughout the registration period. See schedule.

Upon request, SHA will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities so they can participate in SHA programs.