Tribal Government Departments
Housing Authority
Page last updated:
January 29, 2024
10:05 am

Muckleshoot Housing Authority
38037 158th Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092


Mon 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tue 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wed 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thu 8:00am - 5:00pm

Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm

Department Overview

The Muckleshoot Housing Authority provides housing and financial services to the community.

Services Provided

Muckleshoot Housing Authority Payments

Rental Housing

The Tribe manages 377 rental homes (including 18 Lifetime Estates) located within or near the Reservation. This program offers reasonable rent to Tribal member households based on family income. Highlights for 2023 include:

  • Construction concluded at the Tribe’s newest affordable housing community. Mt. Rainier View Community features 58 affordable homes to families committed to a clean and sober lifestyle. The second phase of this development feature homes built to a net zero standard with solar panels constructed for health and affordability. The office for the community is currently under construction and will be completed in 2024.
  • Construction of 2 homes in Allotment 8 were finalized. These homes were funded through special COVID relief and will feature solar power to assist in energy costs.
  • 68 move-ins have been completed this year.

In response to the COVID Pandemic, the Federal Government has appropriated funding to assist homeowners with past due mortgages, past due utilities, and other housing obligations that could interfere with the household’s ability to sustain housing. The Tribe provided the following assistance in 2023:

  • Mortgage Assistance - $116,829.75
  • Past Due Mortgage Assistance - $142,488.30
  • Utility Assistance - $18,982.00
  • Insurance Assistance - $2,612.00
  • HOA Fees - $18,090.18
  • Property Tax Arrears - $35,199.40

Housing Stabilization Program

Housing Stabilization Program is available to assist Tribal Members with securing rental opportunities with private landlords. This program specifically assists with the move- in fees including first month’s rent, security deposit, and last month’s rent if required at the time of move- in.

Housing Voucher Assistance

The Tribe offers Voucher assistance to eligible members. Participants receive a monthly rent subsidy paid directly to their landlord based on their household size and income.

Elder, Disabled, & Veteran Housing - New Construction

The Tribe provides for the construction of stick-built homes for eligible elder, disabled and Veteran members with qualifying land situations.

Elder, Disabled, & Veteran Housing - Mortgage Assistance

The Tribe provides funding for the pay down or payoff of eligible elder, disabled, and Veteran members current mortgages in lieu of new construction. The maximum payoff is based on the average costs incurred to build new construction homes.

Elder, Disabled, & Veteran Housing - Insurance Assistance

165 homeowners received assistance with obtaining and/or maintain Homeowners Insurance on their residence.

Grant Assistance for Down Payments and Home Repairs and Improvements

The Tribe provides $90,000 in assistance for Tribal members to purchase and maintain their homes. These funds can be used for down payment on a new home or to make cost effective home improvements and renovations.

  • In 2023, Housing has completed 508 Grant projects.
  • In 2023, $2.1 million has been disbursed for Grant related homeownership projects. $800,826.98 of this amount was specifically for down payment assistance.

Tree Removal Assistance Program

The Tribe has a program to assist Tribal member homeowners with the removal of dangerous trees from their property. This assistance is paid directly to qualified third party vendors providing the removal service. This program assisted with 15 projects totaling $185,850.00 in assistance.

Fencing Assistance Program

The Tribe has a program to assist Tribal member homeowners with the costs of installing fencing to improve safety. In 2023, 83 homeowners were with a total $1,071,031.22 assistance provided.

Property Tax Program

Tribal member homeowners can now receive property tax relief. The Tribe will now pay homeowner property taxes making homeownership even more affordable to members. Muckleshoot Home Loan borrowers are automatically enrolled in this program. Members who already own their homes, or are with lenders outside of the Tribe can apply for this tax relief program. There are no geographical restrictions.

Home Loan Program

The Tribe continues to offer low-interest home loans to qualified Tribal members within a 30-mile radius of the former tribal hall chimney (39015 172nd Ave. S.E., Auburn, WA 98092). Loan amounts are based on the applicant’s financial status and funding is available for the following activities:

  • Construction of new single-family housing on fee land, tribal land, or individual allotted Trust land.
  • Purchase of existing new or used stick-built or modular homes.
  • Refinancing of existing single-family homes occupied by the owner.
  • Rehabilitation and renovation of existing stick-built or modular homes.
  • Purchase of buildable lots or real property which must be used to construct a dwelling unit to be used as the borrower’s primary residence.
  • Equity loan cash-out of up to $100,000, depending on available equity.

In 2023, Housing processed 61 home loans, financing $25,821,234.00:

  • New Home Purchase – 30
  • Home Equity Loans – 25
  • New Construction Loans – 4
  • Mortgage Refinance – 2
  • Total Mortgage Loans funded as of November 2023-500

Individual Development Account (IDA)

The IDA program is designed to build assets by saving towards a targeted amount to be used for home ownership, post-secondary education, transportation for employment, collection payoff, and pay down of existing auto loans.

Participants are required to open a savings account with an approved financial institution and make recurring monthly deposits for no less than six months. The funds are matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $5 to $1, depending on the guidelines of the specific program. Once participants have met their financial goal, funds are provided directly to the lending institution or creditor for purchase or down payment of the specific savings goal.

Tribal Credit Program

Muckleshoot Housing Authority's Tribal Credit Program is designed to help tribal members establish or repair their personal credit, consolidate and reduce existing debt balances, pay off debt balances with high interest rates, and purchase motor vehicles. The program aims to improve the social and economic status of the individual tribal members in the program. Loan types currently include:

  • Secured – Maximum Loan Amount: $70,000 – Uses: Automobile, Motorcycle, Recreational Vehicle, Boat or other marine vessel.
  • Unsecured – Maximum Loan Amount: $20,000 – Uses: Debt Consolidation, Boat Repair, Auto Repair, Furniture, Other Goods and Services with Loan Committee Approval.
  • Combined Loan Maximum: $90,000
  • 2023 New Tribal Credit Loans: 190 providing $6,161,169.49 in financing

Homebuyer Counseling and Training

Muckleshoot Housing Authority provides advice and counseling to tribal members who need assistance with new home purchases or loan refinancing. Housing continues to offer the Muckleshoot Money Skills for Life to the community. This half day education class touches on budgeting, credit, big ticket purchases, financial planning, investments, etc. Housing also provides frequent Homebuyers Training and Understanding Your Credit Courses.

In 2023, Housing hosted an event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Money Skills for Life. This event featured guest speakers from the community who shared their financial success stories and insights into financial empowerment.

Permanent Supportive Housing Project

The Tribe is actively working to bring a permanent supportive housing community that will provide low-barrier, affordable housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Housing Authority has been awarded multiple grants in support of a 50-unit housing community to provide supportive housing to qualified residents. This project will be supported by the following grants:

  • Apple Health & Home – Capital Funding $16,748,305.00
  • King County – Capital Funding $2,979,672.00
  • King County Housing Authority – 10-Year Project Based Voucher Commitment – market rent funding for 50 units – anticipated $1,500,000.00 annually
  • King County Housing Authority – Operations & Service Grant - $200,000.00 annually for 5-years with options to renew
  • Infrastructure CHIP Grant - application pending – if awarded, the Tribe would receive $900,000.00 in funding for infrastructure.

Overseen Programs & Services

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