HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In June, the city opened its waiting list for Section 8 rental housing subsidies for the first time in four years.
And as expected, thousands of families applied online during a four-day window.
Some 11,153 families to be exact, according to the city.
So many applications came in that the city is now planning to hold a lottery to get onto the waitlist. From those who applied, 2,000 will be randomly selected to actually secure a spot on the list.
They'll be added to some 665 people who have been on the list since 2014.
The Section 8, or federal Housing Choice Voucher, program provides subsidies to help low-income families cover all or part of their rental costs.
To qualify, families must bring in 50 percent or less of the median income for Honolulu. For a family of four, that means $58,300 or less.
The city said that as of May 31, the average subsidy for Section 8 families is $1,157.
Some 3,574 households get the subsidy through the city's Department of Community Services.