Hawaii County, Hawaii Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 1,507 income based apartments in Hawaii County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 1,267 affordable apartments in Hawaii County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Hawaii County, Hawaii

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Hawaii County. Go to the Hawaii Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Hawaii County.

Waimea Huaka`i

4548 Carl Furutani St
Waimea, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Riverside Apartments

333 Ohai St
Hilo, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Kamakana Hale Ohana

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

Kamana Elderly

145 Kamana St
Hilo, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Ainakea Elderly

53-3996 Ainakea Drive
Kapaau, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Pahala Elderly Apartments

96-1183 Holei Street
Pahala, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Waikoloa Gardens

68-1820 Pua Melia Street
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Jack Hall Kona Housing

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

Mohouli Heights Senior Neighborhood

555 Kupuna Pl
Hilo, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Kulaimano Elderly Housing Project

28-2926 Kumula St
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing In Hawaii County

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Hawaii County

City Apartments
Hilo, HI Affordable Housing programs support 14 apartment communities in Hilo.
Kailua-Kona, HI Affordable Housing programs support 11 apartment communities in Kailua-Kona.
Waimea, HI Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Waimea.
Waikoloa, HI Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Waikoloa.
Captain Cook, HI Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in Captain Cook.

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 1,507 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 1,267 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 $1,490 and $1,822.

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 $1,116 $1,263 $1,656 $2,131 $2,250
Hawaii County, Hawaii Payment Standard Range $1,004 to $1,228 $1,137 to $1,389 $1,490 to $1,822 $1,918 to $2,344 $2,025 to $2,475

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Hawaii County, HI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 43
Total Low Income Apartments 2,806
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,507
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 $91,600

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.
$20,000 $22,850 $26,490 $31,920 $37,350 $42,780 $48,210 $53,640
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.
$33,350 $38,100 $42,850 $47,600 $51,450 $55,250 $59,050 $62,850
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.
$53,350 $60,950 $68,550 $76,150 $82,250 $88,350 $94,450 $100,550