County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development

50 Wailuku Drive
Hilo, Hawaii County, Hawaii 96720

County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Family Self-Sufficiency programs. As of September 28th, 2021, County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development serves Hawaii County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Hawaii County, Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Open Now

Open County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Waiting Lists

During 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.

County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Website: https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/office-of-housing.

County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Phone: (808) 959-4642.

Open Now: Hawaii County, Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The OHCD is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from September 27, 2021 at 9:00 am, until October 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm HT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

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

  • 1 Person $47,950 | 5 Persons $74,000
  • 2 Persons $54,800 | 6 Persons $79,500
  • 3 Persons $61,650 | 7 Persons $84,950
  • 4 Persons $68,500 | 8 Persons $90,450

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Any resident family of the State or County of Hawai’i whose gross annual income is at or below 30%, has at least one (1) minor child under the age of 18 and/or who include an elderly person or a person with a disability, and a valid lease agreement with a landlord that agrees to participate in the HCV program will be given the highest priority.
  • Any resident family of the State or County of Hawai’i whose gross annual income is at or below 30%, has at least one (1) minor child under the age of 18 and/or who include an elderly person or a person with a disability.
  • Next, the following categories will be treated equally:
    • Elderly/Disabled.
    • Families whose assistance had been terminated from its HCV program due to insufficient funding.
    • Applicants who are experiencing an emergency situation, (homeless or involuntarily displaced).
    • Specific special purpose voucher participants who qualify to “move up”.

1,000 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the OHCD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the OHCD public notice on September 20, 2021.

Service Area

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via the OHCD at (808) 959-4642.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/27/2021.

About County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development

More information about County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development can be found on its website at https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/office-of-housing.

Representatives of County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development may be available by phone at (808) 959-4642. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Office Hours

Open today from 7:45am to 4:30pm HAST.

Day Hours
Monday 7:45am-4:30pm
Tuesday 7:45am-4:30pm
Wednesday 7:45am-4:30pm
Thursday 7:45am-4:30pm
Friday 7:45am-4:30pm
HCV Portability Status

As of 09/28/2021, it is not known if County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development 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 County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development manages 2,001 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,910 6 5 9 25 42
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $821 $638 $873 $666 $1,000 $775
Monthly Cost $1,567,995 $3,827 $4,366 $5,993 $24,999 $32,540

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development

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 19% having issued approximately 114 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 60 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.8 persons and has a household income of $15,783 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 35% of households had wages as a major source of income, 8% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 54% 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, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 22% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

52% of households included children, 21% of which had two adults in the household. 44% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

74% 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 County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Housing Choice Voucher program, 19% include at least one person with a disability. 38% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 39% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development voucher holders in 2016 was $393 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $995. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $234.



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.