Receive Rental Assistance

Receive Rental Assistance

Tacoma Housing Authority operates separate wait lists for all of its programs and properties. Below is information on our rental assistance programs, it wait lists, and the process of receiving rental assistance.

THA'S WAIT LIST FOR ITS HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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WHAT IS A RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?

Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) helps people pay for housing they find and rent from private owners using vouchers. THA offers two programs to accomplish this: 

  1. Housing Opportunity Program (HOP) 
     
  2. Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

NOTE: All new vouchers will be issued under the HOP subsidy effective January 1, 2013.

Here is how the process works: People apply to THA for a voucher and take a place on THA's wait list. This list is long because so many people need housing assistance, and THA's supply of vouchers is not nearly enough. In fact, THA opens the wait list to allow more people to apply once every few years.

Once a person comes to the top of the wait list, THA will determine if he or she is eligible for a voucher. If he or she is eligible, then THA will give him or her a voucher. The voucher means that THA will help pay the rent on a private dwelling that the voucher holder finds on the private rental market. The voucher holder is responsible for finding a landlord willing to rent to him or her and willing to participate in the Voucher Program. The apartment or home must pass THA's inspection, and the rent must be within the limits that the program will pay.

THA's HOP RENTAL ASSISTANCE WAIT LIST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED