Kauai County Housing Agency

4444 Rice Street, Suite 330
Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii 96766

Kauai County Housing Agency is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. As of December 6th, 2021, Kauai County Housing Agency has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Kauai County Housing Agency serves Kauai County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Kauai County, Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice

Open Kauai County Housing Agency 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.

Kauai County Housing Agency Website: https://www.kauai.gov/Housing.

Kauai County Housing Agency Phone: (808) 241-4440.

Open Until Further Notice: Kauai County, Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Kauai County Housing Agency (KCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from July 25, 2020 at 12:00 am HT, until further notice.

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

The application is online only, and no paper applications will be available or accepted. Only one application per household will be accepted. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Terminated from KCHA's Section 8 program due to lack of funding
  • Current participant of KCHA's TBRA program
  • Certified homeless
  • Live on the island of Kauai
  • Family member has been hired to work in Kauai County

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the KCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the KCHA on July 28, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (808) 241-4444.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/28/2021.

About Kauai County Housing Agency

More information about Kauai County Housing Agency can be found on its website at https://www.kauai.gov/Housing.

Representatives of Kauai County Housing Agency may be available by phone at (808) 241-4440. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/06/2021, it is not known if Kauai County Housing Agency 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 Kauai County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Kauai County Housing Agency manages 831 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 808 3 4 16
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,058 $713 $1,396 $1,029
Monthly Cost $854,874 $2,138 $5,582 $16,465

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Kauai County Housing Agency

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 80 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 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 29 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $18,376 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 66% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% 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, 41% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 38% 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.

35% of households included children, 12% of which had two adults in the household. 27% of households with children have a female head of household. 67% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 1% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Kauai County Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 39% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 61% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 22% 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 Kauai County Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $453 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $957. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $185.

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.