Seattle Housing Authority residents to receive free ORCA cards

The SHA Transit Pass is a three-year program to eliminate transportation costs for residents in affordable housing.

SEATTLE — More than 10,000 people living in Seattle Homeownership and Administration housing will receive a free, unlimited use ORCA card through 2026.

The SHA Transit Pass program, a partnership between the Seattle Housing Authority and the City of Seattle, is a three-year program that eliminates transportation costs for residents in affordable housing.

“The SHA Transit token extends equitable access to opportunity and helps us achieve our sustainability goals through a simple – and proven – premise: With increased access to With free and affordable public transit access, neighbors will take advantage,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell.

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According to SHA, the program will benefit residents of SHA’s 99 properties and communities. SHA says more than 7,300 households will benefit from the program.

“The free ORCA card will allow me to get to my doctor’s appointments, shop, go to school and attend training programs without having to worry about how to get there. Thank you for this ORCA program. You will help many people who are grateful and grateful for the program,” said Qween’B King-Rios, resident of SHA Yesler.

The SHA Transit Card was first introduced as a pilot program in 2019, benefiting nearly 2,000 residents since. The program will be funded by the Seattle Transportation Measure, a 0.15% sales tax, approved by Seattle voters in 2020.

The city will distribute ORCA cards to residents from January 23 to March 4.

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