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Affordable Housing In Honolulu
Honolulu County, Hawaii

Waiting List Openings In Honolulu

Oahu, HI Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division (CAD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications will be accepted from June 14, 2021 at 7:45 am, until June 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm HT.

How to Apply for the Oahu, HI Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

54 Low Income Apartment Communities In Honolulu

Nohona Hale

630 Cooke St
Honolulu, Hawaii
$500-995
1 BR

Kukui Towers

35 N Kukui St
Honolulu, Hawaii
$616-804
1-2 BR
Subsidized

River Pauahi Apartments

1155 River St
Honolulu, Hawaii
$1,600-2,000
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Na Lei Hulu Kupuna

610 Cooke St
Honolulu, Hawaii
Income Based
Studio BR

Kulana Hale

1551 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
$1,295-1,855
Studio-2 BR

Kukui Gardens

1103 Liliha St
Honolulu, Hawaii
$1,239-3,555
1-4 BR

Mehuela Vista

1822 Ke‘eaumoku Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
$539-875
1 BR
55+

Ainahau Vista II

2428-A Tusitala St
Honolulu, Hawaii
$549-1,137
Studio-1 BR

Ola Ka 'Ilima Artspace Lofts

1025 Waimanu St
Honolulu, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Hale Kewalo

450 Piikoi St
Honolulu, Hawaii
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Housing Authorities that serve Honolulu

Housing Authority Programs
City and County of Honolulu Community Assistance Division Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Section 8 Office Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Mainstream Voucher
Hawaii Public Housing Authority - Public Housing Office Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Honolulu, Hawaii

There are 54 low income housing apartment communities offering 8,531 affordable apartments for rent in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Income Based Apartments in Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu features 5,641 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 Honolulu, Hawaii

There are 2,890 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Honolulu.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Honolulu, Hawaii

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Honolulu landlords $1,300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Honolulu.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Honolulu, Hawaii for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,866 and $2,280.

2021 Honolulu, 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
Honolulu, Hawaii Fair Market Rent $1,433 $1,577 $2,073 $2,967 $3,589
Honolulu, Hawaii Payment Standard Range $1,290 to $1,576 $1,419 to $1,735 $1,866 to $2,280 $2,670 to $3,264 $3,230 to $3,948

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Honolulu, HI Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 54
Total Low Income Apartments 8,531
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 5,641
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 16.72%
Average Renter Household Size 2.83
Average Household Size 2.86
Median Household Income $112,548 ±$3,760
Median Rent $2,481 ±$162
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 40.89% ± 6.62pp
Total Population 48,092

Population and Household Demographics

Honolulu is a city in Honolulu County, Hawaii with a population of 48,092. There are 16,737 households in the city with an average household size of 2.86 persons. 16.72% of households in Honolulu are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Honolulu

The median gross income for households in Honolulu is $112,548 a year, or $9,379 a month. The median rent for the city is $2,481 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Honolulu, a household making less than $8,270 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 40.89% of households who rent are overburdened in Honolulu.

Area Median Income In Honolulu

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 Honolulu, the AMI is calculated from all households within Honolulu County.

In Honolulu, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $106,000

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 Honolulu

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 Honolulu

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Honolulu AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$25,400 $29,000 $32,650 $36,250 $39,150 $42,050 $46,140 $51,360
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Honolulu AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$42,300 $48,350 $54,400 $60,400 $65,250 $70,100 $74,900 $79,750
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Honolulu AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$67,700 $77,350 $87,000 $96,650 $104,400 $112,150 $119,850 $127,600