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

On Monday, February 6, 2017 at 8.00 a.m. Pacific Time, 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 close at 5 p.m. on February 24.

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.

Registration will be available only 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.

Register for the Lottery

To register, return to this page between Monday, February 6, 2017 at 8 a.m. and Friday, February 24 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. 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.

HCV eligibility requirements

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

HCV waitlist lottery information

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. 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 number of registrations SHA will accept.

For problems with registration, call the waitlist hotline at 206-239-1674, or submit an email using our contact form, which will both be activated 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, which will be activated on February 6. Seattle Housing Authority 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.