Frequently Asked Questions

I need help now. What should I do?
If you are homeless or think you may be homeless soon and need help now, call 211 to connect with Coordinated Entry for All. You can also look at 211 resources for your area by clicking here.
If you are looking for other community resources for rental assistance, food or utility assistance, or other help, check out our Other Resources page.
There is affordable housing on the Eastside!?
There is! There isn’t enough, of course, but we own and manage 15 residential buildings, ranging from 12 units-91 units in size, and providing homes for more than 1,400 people. Other organizations also offer affordable housing on the Eastside, including DASH and King County Housing Authority.
What does “Supportive Services” mean?
Supportive Services encompasses all the extra support we provide to residents who live in our buildings. This includes case management for formerly homeless households, help with basic needs supplies (e.g. hygiene and cleaning supplies), food assistance, community building, and assistance navigating the various resources around the County. Our on-site Resident Support Specialists are available to help residents access legal assistance, food assistance, or employment assistance. Programs are all optional and are individualized to meet the diverse needs of residents. Click here to learn more about Our Programs.
How do I apply for an apartment at Imagine Housing?
Each Imagine Housing community has its own leasing office and application process. Check out our Find Housing page to learn more.
Do residents pay rent?
Yes, all Imagine Housing residents pay rent. The average rent amount across our whole portfolio is $629 per month. Rent levels are set by state policy, and it helps fund our property operations, management, and maintenance. We also use rental income to pay off debt that we used to build the communities. Rent is set at different levels based on the unit “set-aside,” i.e. income level of its occupants, and many of our apartments are subsidized through government programs, such as Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8.
Where does your funding come from?
Imagine Housing benefits from a number of different funding sources to make our properties and programs possible. Our operations are funded through a combination of property revenues, private and foundation grants, individual and corporate donations, and developer fees. Our buildings are funded through federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit dollars, State, County, and local funds, and traditional bank loans. We also receive operating support from King County to keep the buildings running and provide the supportive services that help residents remain stable. Lastly, our resident services programs are funded through a combination of City and County human services funds, private and foundation grants, and individual donations.
Can we partner with you?
Yes! We partner with organizations and companies across the Puget Sound region to ensure our residents are stable and have their basic needs met; our buildings are feasible and sustainable; and our staff is prepared with the tools they need to meet our goals. To see a list of our current community partners, visit our Partners page or email us at community@imaginehousing.org.
How do people get an apartment with Imagine Housing?
When a waitlist at one of our properties is open, people can apply to be added to that waitlist. If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please call or email each apartment community directly using the contact information listed on the page for that apartment building. The property managers can also help you with determining if you qualify for low-income housing.
Can the residents have pets?
No, pets are not allowed. We do allow service or emotional support animals that have been individually trained to perform tasks or do work for the benefit of a person with a disability.
Do you have assisted living?
No. Our senior communities are available for seniors over the age of 62 who earn 30-60% of area median income, but none of them are assisted living communities.