Our Waitlist

Tacoma Housing Authority's Waitlist

The Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) operates a combined waitlist for all of its voucher programs and properties. Unfortunately, we do not have enough vouchers for all the people who need one. The need in our community is great, but we don't have the resources to meet that need. As a result, we must place applicants on a waitlist for vouchers and our properties.  Our goal is to open the waitlist every few years to allow people to apply. Even then, we open it only for a short period of time, yet thousands of people submit applications in those few days. When we are ready to open the waitlist, we will publish notices in the local newspapers, at local community agencies and on our website and Facebook page.

It may be a long wait once you have been placed on the waitlist. While you are waiting you must do your part to keep us informed of any changes. The only way we can contact you is by using the information you provide. You must notify us in writing of any changes to your mailing address, phone number or other changes in your household. Failure to do so may result in being removed from the waitlist.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about our waitlist:

How long will I have to wait once I am on the waitlist?

We cannot predict how long it might take for an applicant to come to the top of the waitlist. It will depend on how quickly and how many other families leave the program, as well as available funding for the voucher program. The wait is typically more than a year.

When I get to the top of the waitlist, am I sure to get a voucher?

No. There is no guarantee or right to receive a voucher. First, when you get to the top of the waitlist, we must make sure you are eligible and suitable for a voucher. We will review who is living in your household, income available to household members and criminal histories. Second, THA will be able to provide vouchers only if the household meets the requirements and the federal government continues to provide enough funding for vouchers.

What can I do while I'm waiting?

While you are waiting, you can consult other places for housing assistance. Here are some links that may be helpful:

How can I find out where I am on the waitlist?

There is no way to determine exactly where you are on the waitlist. We combined the public housing and voucher program waitlists into one list. There are not positions or numbers assigned to the applications. What we can do is confirm whether or not you are on the waitlist and verify that we have your most current information on file. Call our main line at (253) 207-4400 for more information.

What types of changes do I need to report while I'm on the waitlist?

While you are on the waitlist, it is very important that you keep us informed about any changes in your circumstances, to include your mailing address, phone number and number of people in your household. You must do this in writing. Current, accurate information allows us to contact you when your name comes to the top of the list. If you do not do this and there have been changes and we can't contact you, you may be removed from the waitlist.

We will also send you a notice every now and then to confirm your continued interest in our programs. We will remove applicants from the waitlist if correspondence mailed to the applicant's address on file comes back as undeliverable or if no response is received by the deadline provided in the letter.

Use this form to report a change of address or circumstances.

Why does THA keep asking if I am still interested in housing?

Every so often, we send update letters to people on the waitlist. These letters ask if the family still interested in receiveing a voucher. We do this to keep the waitlist fresh and manageable. It is very important that you return the document we send you by the deadline provided. If you do not, your application will be removed from the waitlist.

What information will I need to provide when my name reaches the top of the waitlist?

When your name comes to the top of the waitlist, we will send a packet to you in the mail. You must complete and return the packet by the deadline provided.  A list of required documents will also be included. These documents must be submitted with the packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Some of the documents you must provide include:

  • Valid picture identification for all adults aged 18 and older
  • Social Security cards for anyone in your household that has one
  • Birth certificates for minors
  • Income documentation, such as pay stubs or award letters
  • Documentation of immigration status (if applicable) such as a permanent residency card

Citizenship or legal residency is not required for all members of the household. Only one member is required to be a resident or citizen of the United States.