The Hawaii Public Housing Authority helps provide Hawai`i residents with affordable housing and shelter without discrimination.
HPHA efforts focus on developing affordable rental and supportive housing, public housing and the efficient and fair delivery of housing services to the people of Hawai`i.
At the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, we have renewed our focus and commitment to providing the best possible service to the public.
We have even changed the way we answer the phone to help us remind you and ourselves that as public servants, we have the honor of serving this great State of Hawaii everyday.
With this simple telephone greeting, "Aloha. HPHA. How may I serve you?" we pledge to do our very best and thank you for allowing us to serve you.
Section 8 Waiting Lists - Closed August 18, 2016
Governor David Ige announced the opening of the
Hawaii Public Housing Authority's Section 8 Waiting
List on Oahu for the first time in 10 years.
Online Applications will only be
accepted from Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 12:01 a.m.
through Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Click the link below to apply.
OPENING OF SECTION
8 WAITING LIST
August 16, 2016 – August 18, 2016
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hawaii Public
Housing Authority (HPHA) in accordance with
§15-185-28, Hawaii Administrative Rules, regulations
outlined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) and the HPHA’s Section 8
Administrative Plan, will temporarily reopen the
waiting list for applicants with a preference.
On line applications will be accepted from eligible
applicants with the following preferences: 1)
Homeless; 2) Victims of domestic violence; or 3)
Involuntarily displaced. All individuals or families
who qualify for any of the three preferences will be
treated as equally weighted (i.e., none of the
preference groups is considered a higher priority).
The HPHA will have the waiting lists open for
preference applicants to apply for the following
⦁ Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
⦁ Towers of Kuhio Park Terrace Project Based Section
⦁ Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) – Head or Co-Head of
household must be disabled and under the age of 62.
The on line application portal will be opened for
three days starting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at
12:01 a.m. and closing on Thursday, August 18, 2016
at 11:59 p.m.
What is Section 8: Section 8 is a program that
provides rental assistance to eligible very
low-income families, and guarantees monthly payments
to owners. The family’s portion of the rent is based
on household income and ranges from 30% to 40% of
the family’s adjusted monthly income. HPHA pays the
rest of the rent directly to the landlord. HPHA
serves all of the City and County of Honolulu. With
some restrictions, Section 8 housing assistance
allows families to live in a qualified unit and area
of their choice.
How do I submit an application? Pre-applications can
only be submitted online. Other devices such as
mobile phones and tablets with Internet access may
also be used; however, not all operating systems
support this pre-application. No pre-applications
will be accepted at the Housing Authority’s office.
1. Be prepared by having the names, dates of birth,
and Social Security Numbers available for all
persons who will be listed on your pre-application.
You will need to know the total yearly gross income
(before taxes) for all persons listed on your
pre-application. You must list all the amounts
together as one dollar amount.
2. Complete the pre-application on-line at
3. Submit a completed pre-application between 12:01
a.m. on August 16, 2016 and 11:59 p.m. on August 18,
2016. Pre-applications submitted after this period
will be automatically rejected by the system and not
accepted to the wait list. Applications not fully
completed (i.e., in the middle of submission) prior
to the closing will be rejected.
4. Print your receipt or write down your
Pre-Application Confirmation Number. A confirmation
receipt is issued immediately after the
pre-application is submitted. Print and save this
No duplicate applications will be accepted. Any
duplicate applications with same or similar
household members will be denied.
The public is reminded that there is no charge to
apply. Applicants are encouraged to immediately
report any individual or organization who attempts
to charge a fee for completion of the application
Visit the HPHA’s website at www.hpha.hawaii.gov for
more information about our programs. Complete the
pre-application on-line at hpha.apply4housing.com
Applicants who require a reasonable accommodation,
must contact the HPHA before Thursday, August 18,
2016 for assistance.
Within approximately 30 days of waiting list
closure, applicants will be sent a notice if they
were placed on the Section 8 HCV waiting list or
not. Please do not call the HPHA offices prior to
receiving this letter as no information will be
given over the phone regarding application
Fraud Alert: Phony Grant Scams
Beware of fraudsters who say
you have been awarded a grant from the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but they need
an upfront fee. HUD will never email or call to
“award” you money.
Beware of 'Government Imposter' Scams
HPHA alerted the Attorney General, Honolulu Police
Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) so that the State's most
vulnerable population does not fall victim to this
type of scam. The HPHA never requires fees or credit
checks to apply for any of its programs. Potential
applicants for Section 8 or public housing should be
vigilant when asked to provide private information
and should contact the HPHA directly at (808)
832-6040 if they have any concerns about websites,
advertisements, postings, etc.
ATTENTION PHONE SCAMS AND FRAUD ALERT for applicants and
current Section 8 Voucher holders - Please be aware that
Housing Authorities do not charge fees for
participation in the Section 8 program. Housing
Authorities won't reach out to you by phone or email
to suggest that you join a waiting list or pay a fee
to be on a waiting list. A Housing Authority will
never ask you to wire money or pay with a prepaid
card. Those are sure signs of scams.
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