City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division

842 Bethel Street, Honolulu, HI

There are no open waiting lists offered by City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division. Go to the Hawaii Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Hawaii Public Housing Waiting Lists page for nearby housing applications.

Closed: Oahu, Hawaii Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher 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 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Honolulu County, Hawaii.

Last Updated on 12/12/2021.

About City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division

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 3,984 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 3,558 4 59 68 16 218
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,238 $730 $1,300 $883 $1,634 $949
Monthly Cost $4,405,717 $2,918 $76,722 $60,034 $26,136 $206,804
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.