Jackson Heights Affordable Housing Lottery Application

Screening and Pre-Application Information

Deadline to Apply December 16, 2019

Jackson Heights is a new living space in the heart of the Central District opening March 2020.

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See if you qualify for Community House’ lottery application for affordable housing units in this new apartment building. Preference for applicants who have family ties to the Seattle Central District.

Building Features

  • 74 Affordable Housing Units: 25 Studio, 31 One Bedroom, and 18 Two Bedroom
  • Located at the corner of 23rd Ave. and S Jackson St.
  • Public transportation: three Metro bus lines, and future Link Light Rail station
  • On-site and near-by dining and retail
  • Parking included for two bedroom units
  • Section 8 vouchers accepted

Unit Occupancy (household size)

To qualify, your household size must be:

Studios: 1 person (minimum) to 2 people (maximum)
One bedroom: 1 person (minimum) to 3 people (maximum)
Two Bedroom: 2 people (minimum) to 5 people (maximum)


Studios from $863 to $1,057 Average size, 373 square feet
(view studio floor plan PDF)

One Bedroom from $933 to $1,140 Average size, 610 square feet
(view one-bedroom floor plan PDF)

Two Bedroom from $1,091 to $1,340 Average size, 775 square feet
(view two-bedroom floor plan PDF)

Income Requirements

To rent a unit at Jackson Heights, you must have an annual gross income of less than:

Income and Family Size Requirements
Family Size Annual Income Monthly Income
1 $46,500 $3,875
2 $53,160 $4,430
3 $59,820 $4,985
4 $66,420 $5,535
5 $71,760 $5,980
6 $77,100 $6,425

You must have an income more than double the rent (unless you have a Section 8 voucher).

Income and Unit Size Requirements
Unit Size Minimum Annual Income Minimum Monthly Income
Studio $20,712 $1,726
1 Bedroom $22,392 $1,866
2 Bedroom $26,184 $2,182

Please read the tips on calculating income.

BEFORE YOU APPLY, Please watch this video for important tips on the application process!

Neighborhood Preference

Neighborhood Preference

If you, or a member of your immediate family (spouse, children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, or grandparents) lived in the Central District (view map of boundaries PDF) prior to January 1, 2000, then you qualify for Neighborhood Preference (Community Preference).

This makes you twice as likely to be selected for screening for a unit at Jackson Heights. You can use any of the following documents to demonstrate that you qualify for Neighborhood Preference.

PLEASE BE SURE that the document has a Central Area address and the document shows that the person live in the Central District PRIOR TO 1/1/2000.

Want more information?
Join us for one of our applicant information meetings

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. at Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle. Preregister for the Nov. 19 meeting.

Tuesday, December 3, 6 p.m. at Black Dot Underground, 1437 S. Jackson Street. Preregister for the Dec. 3 meeting.

Monday, December 9, 5:30 p.m. at Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, SeattlePreregister for the Dec. 9 meeting.

Once you review the income requirements and neighborhood preference, please open the ‘Apply’ tab to read the next steps.


How To Apply

There are three ways to apply.

Either submit your application online, by mail or in person.

Fill out only one pre-application per household. Submitting multiple applications will disqualify you from being selected.

Applications are due December 16, 2019 by 9 p.m PST (if you are applying online), by 3 p.m. PST. (if you are delivering your application in person), or postmarked on December 16 (if you are mailing it).

Apply Online

Fill out the online application and upload your neighborhood preference document (if applicable).

Apply by Mail

Open the application form (PDF) and print.

Mail your completed application and neighborhood preference document (if applicable) to Community House, Attention: Jackson Heights Application P.O. Box 3846, Seattle WA 98124.

Apply in Person

Open the application form (PDF) and print.

Drop off your application and neighborhood preference document (if applicable) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m Monday through Friday at Community House, 851 Poplar Place South, Seattle.

Selection Process

Being selected in the lottery is not a guarantee that you will qualify to rent a unit.

The leasing process for this building is being carried out according to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines due to its funding sources. Get ready for lots of paperwork, and be patient!

Applicants will be selected randomly for screening by lottery.

Half of the units will be filled with people who are eligible for neighborhood preference, selected by lottery.

The other half will be filled by a general lottery which includes everyone who applied.

The housing lottery will be held on or before January 2, 2020. If your application is selected for further screening, you will be notified by January 9, 2020.

If you do not hear from us, you may still be selected for screening later if any of the first group that were selected fails to qualify for a housing unit. Please continue to monitor your email through January and February and respond promptly if we contact you.

If you are selected for screening, you will be asked to provide evidence of:

  • Income
  • Rental History
  • Credit History
  • Student Status
  • Age
  • Household Size
  • Criminal History
  • Neighborhood Preference (if applicable)