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City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division

842 Bethel St. 1st Floor
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii 96813

City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division serves Honolulu County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Oahu, Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division Website: http://www.honolulu.gov/dcs/housing.html.

City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division Phone: (808) 768-7096.

COVID-19 Update: As of May, 2020, the City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division website says:

"Beginning Friday, May 15, 2020, the Rental Assistance Branch offices in Kapolei Hale and 842 Bethel Street, as well as the Rehabilitation Loan Branch at 51 Merchant Street, will implement new procedures for staff and customer safety. 

  • Face coverings will be required to enter our offices.
  • Room occupancy will be limited to allow social distancing. At 842 Bethel and Kapolei Hale, the security guard will notify customers when they may enter the building lobby.
  • Meetings with staff will be by appointment only. Families are encouraged to communicate with the office by telephone, email, regular mail, or fax.

Section 8 payments will continue for existing tenants.  Inspections will continue for initial move-ins, moves, and emergency requests, and at a reduced level for annual inspections.

Drop off or mail in of documentation will be accepted. Section 8 briefings are being adjusted in observance of social distancing recommendations."

Closed: Oahu, Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division (CAD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 14, 2021 until June 18, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $42,300 | 5 Persons $65,250
  • 2 Persons $48,350 | 6 Persons $70,100
  • 3 Persons $54,400 | 7 Persons $74,900
  • 4 Persons $60,400 | 8 Persons $79,750

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

2,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the CAD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the CAD public notice on June 3, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Honolulu County, Hawaii.

Last Updated on 06/18/2021.

About City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division

More information about City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division can be found on its website at http://www.honolulu.gov/dcs/housing.html.

Representatives of City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division may be available by phone at (808) 768-7096. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/22/2021, it is not known if City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division manages 3,835 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 3,422 5 55 75 21 191
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,268 $714 $1,361 $861 $1,198 $966
Monthly Cost $4,340,196 $3,572 $74,873 $64,584 $25,165 $184,533

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 5% having issued approximately 754 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 18 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.9 persons and has a household income of $19,797 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 44% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 50% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 47% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 3% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

50% of households included children, 16% of which had two adults in the household. 41% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

86% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 29% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 56% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

31% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 33% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division voucher holders in 2016 was $487 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,331. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $166.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.