Tacoma Housing Authority to open low-income housing waiting list for first time in 2 years

The Tacoma Housing Authority is opening its waiting list for low-income housing Nov. 15 for households of nine or 10 people.

It is the first time THA has opened the list since 2019.

Right now, only households of nine or ten people can apply because THA does not have room for smaller households on the list, according to THA executive director April Black.

“For the first time in two years, we are excited to reopen our waitlist and bring much-needed housing help to new and eligible households,” Black said. “Although we currently have hundreds of smaller households patiently waiting their turn on our waitlist, we anticipate openings at our larger units over the next two years. These units can accommodate households of nine or ten people, households which face many difficulties finding and securing affordable housing in the competitive region of Western Washington.”

THA will accept applications starting 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

People can apply either online at tacomahousing.org/housing/waitlist or by phone at 253-448-2738.

A lottery will select around 50 households for the list, which is about the number THA says it can serve in two years. Starting Dec. 20, THA will start notifying applicants if they have been selected.

Households that are selected might receive an offer to lease a unit at one of THA’s properties or receive a Housing Opportunity Program voucher, which helps pay for rent to private landlords.

To be eligible, an nine-person household must have a maximum yearly income of $101,750, or a maximum yearly income of $107,550 for a 10-person household.

For more information or questions, visit tacomahousing.org or email waitlist@tacomahousing.org.

This story was originally published by The News Tribune.