State to open Section 8 waiting list for first time in a decade

State to open Section 8 waiting list for first time in a decade

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time in a decade, the state is opening its waiting list for Section 8 rental housing subsidies.

But not everyone can apply.

For just three days next week, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority will take voucher applications from homeless individuals and families, domestic violence victims and families that have been involuntarily displaced.

The state expects as many as 12,000 to apply from Aug. 16 and 18.

"Over the last decade, more than 8,000 people have been able to obtain and maintain housing through this federally-subsidized housing assistance program," said Pono Shim, chairman of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority board.

The vouchers are worth about $1,000 a month.

One of the reasons for the delay in opening up the list, which is now currently empty, is the lack of landlords willing to accept the vouchers. But the state says it has made progress in that area.

"Over the last decade, we have also seen a 375 percent increase in landlords participating in the program and currently there are over 1,000 landlords," Shim said.

At the same time, the state has closed its waiting list for public housing on Oahu, saying that the wait to get into a unit can be a decade or more. The closure was effective Aug. 2.

Currently, there are about 19,300 people on the waiting list to get into federally-funded and state-funded public and elderly housing.

For more information on Section 8 or to apply, click here.

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