At the Tacoma Housing Authority, it is our duty to assist and support those most in need of housing find and secure safe, affordable housing.
THA’s housing waitlist
Unfortunately, our waitlist for low-income housing assistance is currently closed. Because the need for affordable housing is so great, we can only open our waitlist to applicants once every couple of years.
You can find more information on our waitlist page.
Proposed changes to the waitlist
THA is proposing changes to the way our low-income housing waitlist works, and we want to hear your thoughts!
The changes will not impact people currently on THA’s waitlist.
We offer two different kinds of housing assistance: housing in rental units owned by THA, or vouchers to help you pay for housing you rent from private owners.
THA’s market-rate units
Some of THA’s properties include units that we rent out at affordable market rates for households earning certain incomes. Tenants in these units are not part of THA’s housing programs, but they live in an affordable THA-owned unit.
When we have available market-rate units, they will be posted here.
Bay Terrace – 2 available
Other subsidized units
THA also subsidizes units owned by partners who rent to low-income households. When we are informed about available subsidized units, they will be posted here.
THA’s Housing Vouchers for Special Populations
THA serves the following populations through referrals from community partners. If you think you might qualify, please contact the agency listed below.
- Non-Elderly Disabled Voucher Program (NED) – Are you under the age of 62 with a disability transitioning from a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, or currently staying in a hospital or other healthcare institution for an extended period without a residence? Contact your DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) case worker and ask about the NED program.
- Family Unification Program (FUP) – Are you a family without adequate housing that may lead to the placement of your child or children in out-of-home care? Or is your lack of housing delaying the return of your child or children from out-of-home care? Contact your Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) case worker to see if you are eligible for a FUP voucher.
- Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) – Are you between the ages of 18–24, have left foster care or will leave within 90 days, homeless or at risk of homelessness, and in foster care between the ages of 16–18? Contact your Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Social Worker, Pierce County Alliance or Comprehensive Life Resources to see if you are eligible for a FYI voucher.
- Mainstream Vouchers – Are you at least 18 and under 62 years old with a disability? Contact your DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) case worker and/or Pierce County Human Services to see if you are eligible for a Mainstream voucher.
If you face homelessness
The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness keeps a list of shelter facilities available in the area, including location, availability, and contact information.
Call for Help
If you need housing assistance right now, dial 2-1-1 to connect with United Way of Pierce County. They can refer you to other places for other sorts of help, including:
- Rent and Utility Assistance
- Counseling and Mental Health Services
- Food and Clothing Resources
- Shelter and Affordable Housing
- Employment and Education Services
- Military/Veteran Resources
Other places to try for housing help
Here are some other places to try for affordable housing or rental assistance:
- Pierce County Housing Authority: www.pchawa.org
- Seattle Housing Authority: www.seattlehousing.org
- King County Housing Authority: www.kcha.org
- Renton Housing Authority: www.rentonhousing.org
- Rental Assistance information from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: HUD.gov/topics/rental_assistance
- Affordable Housing apartment listings: https://www.affordablehousing.com/
- Mercy Housing: https://www.mercyhousing.org/washington/new-tacoma-apartments
- SeniorHousingNet: https://www.seniorhousingnet.com/
- Human Good (housing for seniors, formerly called American Baptist Homes of the West): https://www.humangood.org/
- About Senior Apartments from SeniorAdvice.com: https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-apartments
- Korean Womens Association: https://www.kwacares.org/
Resources specifically for people exiting corrections:
- Re-entry Resources: wiki.sos.wa.gov/ILSRe-entry/index.php?title=Pierce_County
- Arms Around You: https://volunteer.uwkc.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=90881
You can also contact CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral). Its phone number is (888) 201-1014. CLEAR takes calls Monday to Friday from 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM. CLEAR’s services are free. You can also find a lot of good and easy-to-use self-help legal advice at Washington Legal Help: https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org
Here are some ways that legal assistance might help:
- If a landlord has served an eviction notice or served court papers for eviction for nonpayment of rent, a lawyer can help get rental assistance to pay the rent and avoid the eviction. A tenant may have other defenses as well, whether the eviction is for nonpayment of rent or for other reasons. At least it is worth learning about the eviction process and how long it will take.
- If the tenant owes rent but the landlord owes the tenant money because the apartment or house has serious defects that the landlord has not fixed, such as no heat, no water, no hot water, no working stove or refrigerator that came with the lease.
- If the landlord is trying to evict a tenant because the tenant complained about these defects.
- If a landlord refused to rent to someone or is trying to evict a tenant because of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual preference, disability, because the tenant household has children, because of the tenant’s military status or because the tenant or their children are a victim of domestic violence.