Affordable Housing In Hilo
Hawaii County, Hawaii

13 Low Income Apartment Communities In Hilo

2020 Kinoole Senior Residences

2020 Kinoole St
Hilo, Hawaii

E Komo Mai Apartments

816 Kinoole St
Hilo, Hawaii

Lincoln Courtside

400 Kinoole St
Hilo, Hawaii

Housing Authorities that serve Hilo

Housing Authority Programs
County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency

Guide To Affordable Housing in Hilo, Hawaii

There are 13 low income housing apartment communities offering 887 affordable apartments for rent in Hilo, Hawaii.

Income Based Apartments in Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo features 656 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 Hilo, Hawaii

There are 231 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Hilo.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Hilo, Hawaii

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Hilo landlords $800 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Hilo.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Hilo, Hawaii for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,322 and $1,616.

2021 Hilo, 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
Hilo, Hawaii Fair Market Rent $969 $1,115 $1,469 $1,889 $1,992
Hilo, Hawaii Payment Standard Range $872 to $1,066 $1,004 to $1,227 $1,322 to $1,616 $1,700 to $2,078 $1,793 to $2,191

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Hilo, HI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 13
Total Low Income Apartments 887
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 656
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.42%
Average Renter Household Size 2.78
Average Household Size 2.83
Median Household Income $53,939 ±$3,455
Median Rent $925 ±$81
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.67% ± 5.24pp
Total Population 45,380

Population and Household Demographics

Hilo is a city in Hawaii County, Hawaii with a population of 45,380. There are 15,586 households in the city with an average household size of 2.83 persons. 36.42% of households in Hilo are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Hilo

The median gross income for households in Hilo is $53,939 a year, or $4,495 a month. The median rent for the city is $925 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Hilo, a household making less than $3,083 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.67% of households who rent are overburdened in Hilo.

Area Median Income In Hilo

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.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Hilo, the AMI is calculated from all households within Hawaii County.

In Hilo, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $78,800

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 Hilo

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 Hilo

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Hilo AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$18,000 $20,600 $25,260 $30,480 $35,700 $40,920 $46,140 $51,360
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Hilo AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$30,000 $34,250 $38,550 $42,800 $46,250 $49,650 $53,100 $56,500
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Hilo AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$47,950 $54,800 $61,650 $68,500 $74,000 $79,500 $84,950 $90,450