Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office

1002 North School Street
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii 96817

Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Mainstream Voucher programs.

Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office serves Honolulu County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Oahu, Hawaii Limited Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Oahu, Hawaii Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Palolo Valley Homes Disabled Project-Based Voucher Closed
Towers of Kuhio Park Terrace Project-Based Section 8 Closed

Other Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office 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.

Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office Website: http://www.hpha.hawaii.gov/.

Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office Phone: (808) 832-4694.

Closed: Oahu, Hawaii Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on a limited basis from October 29, 2020, until November 2, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to HPHA, "To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be housed under a current, valid lease agreement
  • Have a landlord who has agreed to participate in the HCV program, including meeting all HCV criteria for unit inspection, providing valid tax identification information, and complying with program requirements."

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: 

  • Lease in Place.

3,000 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HPHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HPHA public notice on of October 29, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/03/2021.

Closed: Oahu, Hawaii Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from March 22, 2021 until March 26, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The HPHA states "To qualify, an applicant must have a member of the household who: 1. Has a disability; AND 2. The disabled individual must be at least eighteen (18) years of age but not yet sixty-two (62)."

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Non-elderly persons with a disability.

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

For more information, visit the HPHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HPHA public notice, on March 21, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 09/19/2021.

Closed: Palolo Valley Homes Disabled Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) Disabled Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments at Palolo Valley Homes is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from June 7, 2021 until June 9, 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Non-elderly persons with a disability.

200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HPHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HPHA public notice, on March 19, 2021.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 06/10/2021.

Closed: Towers of Kuhio Park Terrace Project-Based Section 8 Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) Project-Based Section 8 waiting list for 3-Bedroom apartments at Towers of Kuhio Park Terrace is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from October 29, 2020, until November 2, 2020.

Please note: According to HPHA, "To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be housed under a current, valid lease agreement
  • Have a landlord who has agreed to participate in the HCV program, including meeting all HCV criteria for unit inspection, providing valid tax identification information, and complying with program requirements."

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

200 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the HPHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HPHA public notice on of October 29, 2020.

Last Updated on 11/02/2020.

About Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office

More information about Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office can be found on its website at http://www.hpha.hawaii.gov/.

Representatives of Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office may be available by phone at (808) 832-4694. 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 09/20/2021, it is not known if Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office 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 Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office manages 3,256 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 Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,485 5 4 102 9 487 164
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,155 $1,509 $1,255 $1,675 $857 $885 $1,102
Monthly Cost $2,869,162 $7,544 $5,019 $170,811 $7,710 $430,760 $180,762

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office

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 8% having issued approximately 271 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 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 38 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 $19,552 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 43% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 28% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 18% of which had two adults in the household. 34% of households with children have a female head of household. 62% of all households were headed by a female.

82% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 37% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% 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 Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office voucher holders in 2016 was $474 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,145. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $150.



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.


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