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HousingSearchNW.org - A free service to list and find housing across the state of Washington
 

What?

HousingSearchNW.org is a free, online property-search service that links people with the available housing in our communities. We hope HousingSearchNW.org helps you make more informed decisions about your housing options.

  • FREE searching and listing of rental housing
  • Detailed listings that can include pictures, maps, eligibility requirements (if applicable), and information about nearby amenities such as hospitals and schools
  • Simple and detailed search options that are easy to use
  • Helpful tools, including an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renters' rights and responsibilities
  • 24/7 access online and support from a toll-free, bilingual call center, available at 1-877-428-8844, Mon - Fri, 6:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
  • Housing information that is updated daily to keep it relevant
  • A resource for families displaced during times of disaster

Why?

Benefits to tenants

  • Search by rent, size, location, proximity to your work, and more
  • Detailed, up-to-date listings with photos
  • Listings of market-rate rentals, subsidized housing, special-needs housing, and more

Benefits to landlords

  • Enjoy free marketing of your available properties
  • Receive more qualified inquiries
  • Log in online 24/7 to update, add, or remove listings
  • If you do not have Internet access, you can still use this service! Phone the toll-free call center to update your property information
  • Remove listings from public view immediately after renting to help avoid unwanted calls

Who?

HousingSearchNW.org uses software created by Socialserve.com, a national nonprofit provider of housing locator services. Socialserve.com maintains the website and a toll-free call center to assist landlords and people seeking housing. Online services are always available, 24/7. The call center is open Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT and offers assistance in both English and Spanish. In addition to searchable, real-time, detailed listings of available housing, the site also provides helpful tools, such as a rent checklist and affordability calculator, and links to other helpful resources.

HousingSearchNW.org, which initially only served King County, was originally sponsored by the City of Seattle, King County, United Way of King County, Seattle Housing Authority and King County Housing Authority. A Steering Committee - which included these five organizations plus the Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound and the Tenants Union - helped to develop the HousingSearchNW.org and provided oversight for the first year of service. HousingSearchNW.org has proven to be a vital resource in King County, and the opportunity to expand statewide presented itself towards the end of 2012.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Department of Commerce were both researching housing locator services beginning in early 2012. While separate market research was being conducted, both agencies reached the same conclusion around the same time: the proven effectiveness of Socialserve.com in both online tools and call center support were an excellent match for our need to create and maintain a comprehensive list of affordable housing opportunities for low-income individuals in Washington state.

Commerce began researching housing locator services because HB 2048 was signed into law on March 29, 2012, directing local governments to maintain and update a list of interested landlords, including buildings with fewer than 50 units, in order to efficiently and cost-effectively provide housing to very low-income and homeless households.

While expanding our pool of independent, affordable housing options for DSHS clients, Aging & Disability Services Administration (ADSA), through the Roads to Community Living (RCL) demonstration project, also identified the need for a statewide housing locator service. This dovetails perfectly with the needs of the Department of Commerce. In addition, ADSA identified the need to make a system available to track real-time openings in our residential settings, which Socialserve.com provides. All partners are excited to collaborate and help connect Washingtonians with the housing they need through HousingSearchNW.org.



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Statewide Sponsors
Washington State Department of Commerce  |  Washington State Department of Health and Human Services - Aging and Disability Services Administration  | 
King County Sponsors
Seattle Housing Authority  |  King County Housing Authority  |  United Way of King County  |  City of Seattle  |  King County  | 
 
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