Housing Authorities in Hawaii

State of Housing in HawaiiThe State of Hawaii received $11 million from HUD this year to renew support for 35 local homeless housing and service programs as well as supportive housing for local veterans.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) helps provide Hawaii residents with affordable housing and shelter without discrimination. HPHA efforts focus on developing affordable rental and supportive housing, public housing and the efficient and fair delivery of housing services to the people of Hawaii.

Public Housing in Hawaii is classified into 4 types:

1. Federal Public Housing

Federally funded public housing requires applicants to meet the following requirements: Must be 18 years old or older, single, or a family of two or more individuals who intend to live together as a family unit and whose income and resources are available to meet their needs; income is within the limits set forth by HUD; (please see Income Limits table below), there should be no outstanding balance due to HPHA; the applicants’ personal conduct should not be detrimental to the project or its residents; must not been a former tenant evicted since March 1, 1985; must meet the occupancy requirements set forth by HPHA.

2. State of Hawaii Public Housing

State-funded public housing requires applicants to meet the same requirements as stated above. Applications may be submitted to any of HPHA Applications Offices or by mailing them to HPHA. If you would like an Application Form sent to you, you can send electronic mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , but you must include your mailing address and phone number in the message. The current wait time is approximately 2 to 5 years depending upon your family size and availability of unit.To obtain current status on your position on the wait list, you should call the Application Office where you submitted the application or write the office for the latest information on your status on the list. Pets are NOT allowed in state public housing units. Service animals for the elderly and/or disabled are exempt.

3. State of Hawaii Rental Supplement Program

The Rent Supplement Program is aState-funded program. The rental supplements help eligible families pay for part ofState of Housing in Hawaii their monthly rent. Families must pay at least 30% of their adjusted family income for rent. The difference between the family contributing rent payment and the total monthly rent, up to a maximum of $160.00 per month, is paid directly to the owner by HPHA. To qualify for this rental assistance program, a family must:Be in a properly sized unit for its family size; not be receiving financial assistance from the State of Hawaii; provide reasonable assurances that you can pay your rent on time; not have any outstanding debts owed to HPHA; must be a legal resident of the State of Hawaii; must not own or have majority interest in a dwelling unit on the same island on which you seek rent assistance; must be within the income limits as prescribed in the Hawaii Administrative Rules,Title 15, Chapter 184, Rent Supplement Program.

4. Other Resident Programs

HPHA offers programs in job training, high school equivalency diplomas (GET), and other areas that address the needs of residents who are seeking employment. You can contact HPHA at 808-832-5900 for more information.A resident must be employed at least thirty hours per week to be exempt from completing the eight hours of Community Service each month. Residents who are exempted from performing community service are:

  • Residents who are over age 62;
  • Residents employed at least thirty hours per week;
  • Residents who are disabled and unable to perform the eight hours per month;
  • Residents receiving TANF;
  • Residents actively participating in a self-sufficiency program;
  • Victims of domestic violence; and
  • Residents who are needed at home to care for an ill family member.

Counseling for Homebuyers, Homeowners, and Tenants

HUD provides counseling service through approximately 1,700 HUD-approved counseling agencies. These agencies are public and private nonprofit organizations with housing counseling skills and knowledge of HUD, VA, and conventional housing programs. The funding helps the approved agencies partially meet their operating expenses.

Homeownership Voucher Assistance

A public housing agency (PHA), at its option, may provide monthly assistance to families that have been admitted to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in accordance with HUD regulations, that meet certain criteria, and that are purchasing homes in an amount that would otherwise have been provided to that family as tenant-based voucher assistance.

Lead Hazard Control

This program promotes preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards in the home environment. It addresses childhood lead-based paint poisoning and other childhood diseases associated with poor housing conditions such as exposure to moisture, mold, poor air quality, lead paint, residential application of pesticides, the presence ofState of Housing in Hawaii allergens, vermin, dust, and other substances that contribute to asthma, and hazardous conditions that increase the risk of injury.

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.After determining which areas of the country have the highest number of homeless Veterans, the VA Central Office identifies VA facilities in the corresponding communities. HUD then selects PHAs near to the identified VA facilities, taking into consideration the PHAs’ administrative performance, and sends the PHAs invitations to apply for the vouchers.

Income Eligibility (Income Limits) Table for Housing Subsidy

FY 2013 Very Low-Income (50%) Limit (VLIL)
Income Limit Information Median Family Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 VLIL $80,900 $28,300 $32,350 $36,400 $40,450 $43,700 $46,900 $50,150 $53,400
FY 2013 Extremely Low-Income (30%) Limit (ELIL)
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 ELIL $17,000 $19,400 $21,850 $24,250 $26,200 $28,150 $30,100 $32,050
FY 2013 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL)
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 LIL $45,100 $51,500 $57,950 $64,400 $69,550 $74,700 $79,850 $85,000

Unemployment Rate in Hawaii

The unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2013 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. It peaked in July 2009 at 7.1% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.6% -0.1 -0.6
Hawaii 4.9% -0.2 -1.2

Even with an unemployment rate that is lower than the national rate, the demand for housing and rent subsidy programs in Hawaii still exceeds the available supply of housing stock and funds. Please ask your housing agency for details of the programs you are interested in.