County of Hawaii, Office of Housing



A Message from Susan Kunz, Housing Administrator

We are excited to be reopening our waiting lists so that we can begin to provide assistance to families, the elderly, and the disabled who are in need.  By accepting the applications online, applicants are provided the greatest possible access and afford every interested applicant the opportunity to apply.

Mission Statement

The Office of Housing and Community Development is responsible for the planning, administration, and operation of all of the County of Hawai’i’s housing programs such as the Section 8 rental assistance for eligible families.  Its overall goal is to provide for the development of viable communities in Hawai’i County by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities.

2022 Waiting List Opening

The County of Hawai’i Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will open the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8):

                                                                  SEPTEMBER 19, 2022, 9:00 AM HST - OCTOBER 3, 2022, 4:00 PM HST

There is no cost to apply. Only one application per family allowed on the waiting list. 

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) assistance covers the rent portion that exceeds approximately 30% of an eligible family’s monthly income.  Any and all income-eligible households may submit an application.  Acceptance and/or assistance are based on income verification, eligibility requirements, and preference factors.  Maximum income levels, based on family size are as follows:

2022 HUD Income Limits

Hawai’i County Area Median Family Income (AMI) $91,600

Gross Annual Income must be at or below:

Low (80 % AMI)

                                                                                                                                                        1                 $53,350

2                 $60,950

3                 $68,550

4                 $76,150

5                 $82,250

6                 $88,350

7                 $94,450

 8                 $100,550

Full descriptions of the rules and policies concerning the housing programs we offer can be found in our Administrative Plan.  To view the current Administrative Plan, click on the following link:  

OHCD Administrative Plan.

Note on Lottery Ranking

After the waiting list closes, a random selection by lottery of all the applications determines position on the waiting list. The date and time of receipt of the application has no bearing on its position on the waiting list. Confirmation of position on waiting list is sent to each applicant via email or mail approximately seven days after the waiting list closes.

OHCD Local Preferences

The following is the priority order of local preferences for selection from the waiting list:

1. Any resident family of the State or County of Hawai’i whose gross annual income is at or below 30%, has at least one (1) minor child under the age of 18 and/or who include an elderly person or a person with a disability, and a valid lease agreement with a landlord that agrees to participate in the HCV program will be given the highest priority.

2. Any resident family of the State or County of Hawai’i whose gross annual income is at or below 30%, has at least one (1) minor child under the age of 18 and/or who include an elderly person or a person with a disability.

3. Next, the following categories will be treated equally:

• Elderly/Disabled

• Families whose assistance had been terminated from its HCV program due to insufficient funding,

• Applicants who are experiencing an emergency, (homeless or involuntarily displaced), and

• Specific special purpose voucher participants who qualify to “move up”.

OHCD will verify local preferences. Families who meet criteria for a local preference move ahead of other families on the waiting list who do not meet the criteria for a local preference.

Portability of Voucher

Pursuant to PHA policy, if neither the head of household nor the spouse/cohead of an applicant family had a domicile (legal residence) in the PHA’s jurisdiction at the time that the family’s initial application for assistance was submitted, the family must lease a unit within the initial PHA’s jurisdiction for at least 12 months before requesting portability. Any exception to this policy is subject to the approval of the receiving PHA [24 CFR 982.353(c)(3)].

Application Process

You will be required to provide an e-mail address.

Only one (1) application per household will be accepted between September 19,2022, and October 3, 2022.  (Other adults in your household will not be able to apply separately.)

You may use any computer or smartphone with Internet Access.  Someone else may apply for your if you need help using a computer and many public libraries offer free computer access.

After you have successfully applied, you will receive a receipt with a confirmation number and instructions for checking your application status online at

Written authorization from the family is required from the family to collect information.  The information will be verified and used to establish eligibility and level of assistance.  Below are links to the required information and forms of acceptable verification.TION

Verification of Family Information

Social Security Number

Legal Identity Adult and Minors 

Verification of Disability


Bank Accounts

Life Insurance

Real Property

Retirement Accounts

Income: Employment

 Social Security Benefits

 Welfare Benefits

 Veterans Benefits


 Unemployment Benefits

 Child Support or Alimony

             Regular Contributions


 Rental Income

 Zero Income Families

Waiting List Questions

We are available to answer any questions about the application process Monday through Friday (except holidays) between the hours of 7:45 am to 4:30 pm.  You may email or call (808) 959-4642.

For detailed information on policies listed below, click here:

OHCD Administrative Plan 

Policies related to Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity    

Policies related to Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

Policies related to Persons with Disabilities

Policies related to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)