FAQs: Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
This page is divided into 4 sections. Click on any of the links for questions and answers:
I noticed that your Section 8 program is closed. What does that mean?
The HPHASection 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is still operating. However, applications for new vouchers are not being accepted at this time due to the large number of families on the current waiting list for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program assistance. When the list is again opened, HPHAwill advertise the opening dates and the specific requirements needed to qualify for voucher assistance. No applications will be accepted that do not meet the published application requirements.
Does HPHA's Section 8 HCV program cover all the islands?
The HPHASection 8 HCV program only covers the island of Oahu. However, each county government does administer their own Section 8 HCV program. In addition to HPHA, the City and County of Honolulu offers Section 8 HCV assistance. You can go to http://www.hawaii.gov to obtain information on each counties' Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Is there a separate Section 8 program for the disabled?
There is only one Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program that HPHAadministers. That program encompasses all types of families to include those families who may have a disabled family member. For more information on fair housing issues for the disabled, see "Fair Housing Issues" below.
Are there any other Section 8 programs that are accepting applications?
Some counties in the State of Hawaii are currently accepting applications for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program assistance.
You can go to http://www.hawaii.gov to obtain information on each counties' Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
I am already on the HPHAwait list. How long before I am given a Section 8 voucher?
The current waiting period for HPHAadministered vouchers is approximately 2 years before families are provided with their vouchers.
Transferring a Voucher To or From Hawaii
I don't live in Hawaii, but am receiving Section 8 assistance. Can I use the voucher if I move to Hawaii? If so, what do I need to do? Does this apply to a project-based voucher?
If you have a current, valid Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, you may use the voucher in any jurisdiction that accepts your voucher. This is called "portable." There are also "project-based" vouchers, which are not "portable" because they remain with the housing project. You must contact your current Section 8 voucher administrator to begin the process of transferring your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to Hawaii.
Other Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Questions
Do you have a list of Section 8 landlords you can send to me in the mainland?
Listings of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher landlords is provided to only valid local voucher holders.
I live in Hawaii and plan to move to the mainland. How can I transfer my HPHAvoucher to another State?
You need to check to be sure that the area you intend to move to has a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. If the area does, you must contact the HPHAApplication Office or county office to inform them of your pending move. The office personnel will provide you with instructions on how to transfer your voucher and assistance in the preparation of the required paperwork.
I have a complaint with my current Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher landlord. Who can I contact?
As a tenant, your lease is with your landlord or an owner of the property. HPHAis not a party to your lease. You and your landlord should try and work out any problems you may have. You are covered under the Residential Landlord - Tenant Code. You can go to http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/ for more detail information on the code. For other Residential Landlord - Tenant Code related information, you can call 808-586-2634.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Landlord Information
What do I need to do to have a home offered to a Section 8 family?
You should call the Section 8 Office at 808-832-6040. After meeting HUD's Housing Quality Standards, your ad will be posted in the Application Office for the residents viewing. For more detail information, you can click here for more detailed information.
Will my property have to meet certain physical requirements?
Yes. Your property will be inspected by a HPHAhousing inspector to ensure that your home meets HUD's Housing Quality Standards. For more detail information on the standards, you can click here for more detailed information.
Who do I call if I have problems with a tenant?
As a landlord or an owner of the property, the lease you have with your tenant is between you and your tenant. HPHAis not a party to your lease. However, you may contact the Section 8 staff for assistance at 808-832-6040.
Does Chapter 521 Residential Landlord - Tenant Code of the Hawaii Revised Statutes apply to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rentals in terms of eviction of a tenant?
Yes. You can go to http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/ for more detail information on the code. For other residential tenant - landlord code related information, you can call 808-586-2634.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program
What is your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program about and can I apply for that program?
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Homeownership Program provides an option for eligible tenants to use their Section 8 HCV voucher for homeownership assistance rather than for rental assistance. This program is to promote and encourage homeownership, self-sufficiency, and in time, complete independence of government assistance. To apply for this program, you must be notified by HPHAthat the application period to apply for Section 8 HCV Homeownership Program is open. Notification is given if you are currently receiving Section 8 HCV rental assistance on Oahu through HPHA. Once the deadline to apply is over, families receiving Section 8 HCV assistance must wait for the next written notification from HPHA.
For more detail information on the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, you can click here for more detailed information.
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