Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Hawaii County, HI

Discover affordable housing in Hawaii County where there are 70+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Lei 'Ohana

74 Manawalea, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

bed 1-2

Kamana Elderly

145 Kamana St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

bed 1

Waikoloa Gardens

68-1820 Pua Melia Street, Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738

bed 1-2
elderly Senior

Ainakea Elderly

53-3996 Ainakea Drive, Kapaau, Hawaii 96755

bed 1
elderly Senior

Pahala Elderly Apartments

96-1183 Holei Street, Pahala, Hawaii 96777

bed 1
elderly Senior

Hale Hoaloha Apartments

119 W Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
accessibility Accessible

Waikoloa Family Affordable

68-3911 Makanakai Dr., Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738

bed 1-2

Riverside Apartments

333 Ohai St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

bed 1-3

Waimea Huaka`i

4548 Carl Furutani St, Waimea, Hawaii 96796

bed 1-3

Shdc No. 5

81-6618 Kaeo Pl, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Keaau Elderly Housing

16-184 Pili Mua St, Keaau, Hawaii 96749

Weinberg Hale Kai Malino

74-5079 Hanahanai Loop, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

Shdc No. 8

45-3315 Ohia St, Honokaa, Hawaii 96727

Kulaimano Elderly Housing Project

28-2926 Kumula St, Pepeekeo, Hawaii 96783

Captain Cook Elderly Housing Project

82-1040 Kiloa Rd, Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704

Res Services Project of Harc III

83 Kihapai St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96734

Shdc No. 1

317 Olomana St, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96734

Shdc No. 2

192 Mohouli St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Hale Ulu Hoi II

1305 Ululani St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Hilo Hale

208 Wainaku St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

How To Identify Affordable Housing in Hawaii County, Hawaii

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Hawaii County, Hawaii
$24.07 (+172%) more than Hawaii minimum wage and $30.82 (+425%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
Learn More About Hawaii County, Hawaii Affordable Housing ↓

What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Family Self-Sufficiency programs for Hawaii County, Hawaii.

Go to the Hawaii Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Hawaii County.

How many renters live in Hawaii County, Hawaii?

The County of Hawaii County has 206,315 people living in 74,764 households.

There are 60,287 renters living in 19,571 renter households in this County. Renters make up 29.22 percent of the population living in Hawaii County.

What is the rental market like in Hawaii County, Hawaii?

There are an estimated 90,673 housing units in the Hawaii County area. Of these, 22,526 units are rental homes, making up 25 percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Hawaii County, Hawaii, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Hawaii County?

The rental vacancy rate in Hawaii County is 11 percent. This is a higher than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are high it means that there are a lot of available units and rents tend to be lower.

How many rental units are in Hawaii County for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Hawaii County
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
2,123 2,378 7,026 5,120 2,815
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Hawaii County

A large number of apartments in Hawaii County have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How many renter households in Hawaii County are overburdened by housing costs?

Among renter households in this market, 39 percent have housing cost burden. Further, 20 percent of households are extremely rent overburdened. When renters pay too much for their housing, it leaves little money for other necessities like food, clothes, or medicine.

The federal government says that renters are cost-burdened if they pay more than a third of their monthly income for rent and utilities.

How Much Is Rent in Hawaii County

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $1,458 to $2,855. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $1,458
One BR $1,548
Two BR $2,010
Three BR $2,588
Four BR $2,855
2024 Fair Market Rents in Hawaii County, Hawaii

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Hawaii County?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 1,149 54 percent
One BR 1,899 80 percent
Two BR 3,714 53 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Hawaii County, Hawaii

How many affordable rental units are in Hawaii County?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Hawaii County, Hawaii including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit 1,455
Public Housing 641
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance 428
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly 97
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities 42
USDA Section 515 Rural Rental Housing 324
USDA Section 514 Farm Labor Housing 33
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Hawaii County, Hawaii

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Hawaii County, Hawaii

Hawaii County features 1,290 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 1,098 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 $1,809 and $2,211.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.