Mohouli Heights Senior Neighborhood

555, 565, 571 Kupuna Pl
Hilo, Hawaii
Local Program
1 BR

Kamana Elderly

145 Kamana St
Hilo, Hawaii
S. 8 NC
Local Program
Call For Rent
1 BR

Lei 'Ohana

74 Manawalea
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Local Program
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Jack Hall Kona Housing

74-895 Kealakehe St.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
S. 515 Rural
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Waikoloa Gardens

68-1820 Pua Melia Street
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
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There are 1,215 low-income apartments in Hawaii County that offer reduced rents to eligible households.

Rental assistance programs support 1,588 low-income homes in Hawaii County where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $394 towards rent each month.

Affordable rent data for some communities last confirmed on May 23rd, 2023. Subdsidized rents typically change once a year based on federal guidance.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Hawaii County, Hawaii

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Housing Authority Programs
County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency
Go to the Hawaii Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Hawaii County.

Hawaii County, Hawaii Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Hawaii County, Hawaii

Hawaii County features 1,588 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Hawaii County, Hawaii

There are 1,215 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Hawaii County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Hawaii County, Hawaii

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Hawaii County landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Hawaii County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Hawaii County, Hawaii for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,711 and $2,091.

2023 Hawaii County, Hawaii Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Hawaii County, Hawaii Fair Market Rent $1,281 $1,449 $1,901 $2,446 $2,582
Hawaii County, Hawaii Payment Standard Range $1,153 to $1,409 $1,304 to $1,594 $1,711 to $2,091 $2,201 to $2,691 $2,324 to $2,840

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Hawaii County, HI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 45
Total Low Income Apartments 2,835
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,588
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 33.57%
Average Renter Household Size 2.90
Average Household Size 2.90
Median Household Income $52,108 ±$1,215
Median Rent $1,056 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 46.1% ± 2.8pp
Total Population 191,482

Population and Household Demographics

Hawaii County is a county in Hawaii with a population of 191,482. There are 65,048 households in the county with an average household size of 2.90 persons. 33.57% of households in Hawaii County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Hawaii County

The median gross income for households in Hawaii County is $52,108 a year, or $4,342 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,056 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Hawaii County, a household making less than $3,520 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 46.1% of households who rent are overburdened in Hawaii County.

Area Median Income In Hawaii County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Hawaii County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $90,600

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Hawaii County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Hawaii County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Hawaii County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$21,200 $24,200 $28,590 $34,500 $40,410 $46,320 $52,230 $58,140
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Hawaii County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$35,300 $40,350 $45,400 $50,400 $54,450 $58,500 $62,500 $66,550
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Hawaii County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$56,500 $64,550 $72,600 $80,650 $87,150 $93,600 $100,050 $106,500