There are 4,815 low-income apartments in Honolulu County that offer reduced rents to eligible households. Low-income rents in Honolulu County, Hawaii can range from $464 to $2,907 depending on the number of bedrooms.
Rental assistance programs support 8,724 low-income homes in Honolulu County where households pay rent based on how much they earn. For 2023, elgible households participating in federally assisted housing pay an average of $483 towards rent each month.
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.
|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||Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing|
Honolulu County features 8,724 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
There are 4,815 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Honolulu County.
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Honolulu County landlords $1,300 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Honolulu County.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Honolulu County, Hawaii for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,022 and $2,472.
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 County, Hawaii Fair Market Rent||$1,563||$1,716||$2,247||$3,193||$3,827|
|Honolulu County, Hawaii Payment Standard Range||$1,407 to $1,719||$1,544 to $1,888||$2,022 to $2,472||$2,874 to $3,512||$3,444 to $4,210|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||121|
|Total Low Income Apartments||13,742|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||8,724|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||45.56%|
|Average Renter Household Size||2.83|
|Average Household Size||3.06|
|Median Household Income||$74,460 ±$773|
|Median Rent||$1,569 ±$22|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||54.04% ± 1.06pp|
Honolulu County is a county in Hawaii with a population of 984,178. There are 309,602 households in the county with an average household size of 3.06 persons. 45.56% of households in Honolulu County are renters.
The median gross income for households in Honolulu County is $74,460 a year, or $6,205 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,569 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Honolulu County, a household making less than $5,230 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.04% of households who rent are overburdened in Honolulu 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 Honolulu County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $113,300
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 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.
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|30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Honolulu County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Honolulu County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Honolulu County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.