Housing Assistance and Programs

Human Services offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to assist residents with their housing needs. They include a variety of grant and loan programs to assist renters, homebuyers, homeowners and affordable housing developers. Click on the titles below to find out more about each category.

If you are homeless or fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking, see Pierce County's Homeless Programs for information.

For Current and Prospective Renters:

  1. Low-Income Rental Housing

Looking for affordable housing in Pierce County? Human Services has collected resources to assist low-income families to find an apartment that fits their budget and needs. The majority of these apartments are rent-restricted and require income verification. You must apply for housing at either the agency or property. You do not apply through Pierce County Human Services.


Resources

  • Call 2-1-1: South Sound 2-1-1 is a telephone service available from 9 AM to 4 PM weekdays. Housing resources include waitlists for affordable housing and permanent housing resources. 
  • Aptfinder.org is a non-profit website formed to connect low income households throughout Washington State. Listings are voluntarily advertised by owners and managers of rental apartments for low-income households whose annual income is below 80% of area median income. Click here to see Aptfinder's Pierce County listings.
  • Associated Ministries’ Adult Home Sharing Program  matches Home Providers who have a spare bedroom, with an individual in need of affordable housing, using screening tools that ensure safe and lasting matches. In some cases, an exchange of services such as meal prep, driving, or home maintenance, can be arranged with the Home Provider to offset lower rent, though Home Seekers must earn enough income to pay rent each month. The Adult Home Share program increases affordable housing, reduces isolationism, and promotes aging in place.  
  1. Rental Assistance
  1. Energy Assistance
  1. Fair Housing Resources

For Current and Prospective Homeowners:

  1. Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance
  1. Mortgage Assistance and Foreclosure Resources
  1. Home Repair and Rehabilitation Programs
  1. Energy Assistance
  1. Weatherization Assistance Program

For Current and Prospective Affordable Housing Developers/Owners:

  1. Affordable Housing Financing

Program Structure

Human Services in partnership with the Pierce County Community Development Corporation provides financing for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, preservation and O&M of affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities all to benefit low income households in Pierce County. Funding is allocated at least once per year through a competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). 

Eligibility

Developers and current owners of affordable housing, including non-profits, for-profit developers, partnerships, cooperatives, and individuals. Developers and current owners must be able to meet state, federal, and local requirements outlined in the annual NOFA.


Project eligibility is dependent on funding source and proposed restricted income level, based on Area Median Income (AMI). Due to the competitive nature of funding, eligibility does not guarantee funding. Sources of funding include: 

  • Federal HUD: HOME Investment Partnership Program (80% AMI and under); 
  • Local: SHB 2060 Document Recording Fee Fund (50% AMI and under); and 
  • Local: 1406 Affordable Sales Tax Fund (60% AMI and under).

Next Steps

  1. Affordable Housing Development Incentives
  1. Weatherization Assistance Program