Contact Information

County of Kauai Housing Agency
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
4444 Rice Street, Suite 330
Lihue, HI 96766
(808)-241-4440
(808)-241-5119 (fax)

 

Business Hours:  7:45AM-4:30PM, Monday-Friday

Window Hours: 8:00AM-4:00PM, Monday-Friday

Waitlist Status: The waitlist is CLOSED to new applicants at this time.


The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly the Section 8 Program) is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.

Family Self Sufficiency Program (Section 8 Participants only)

Family Self-Sufficiency

The purpose of the Family Self-Sufficiency program is to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. KCHA's FSS Program is the conduit between the client and the appropriate supportive services necessary to achieve independence. FSS case managers are assigned to FSS participants to make a proper assessment of strengths, needs and aspirations. The case manger will guide each client through a service plan which outlines short and long-term goals.

Some of the services provided to families include: child care, transportation necessary to receive services, remedial education, job training and preparation, substance abuse treatment and counseling, training in homemaking and parenting skills, training in money management, training in household management; and any other services and resources appropriate to assist eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Some or all of the services may be provided by our partners in the community.

The FSS Program is five (5) years in length and is available to all Section 8 participants who have been on the Section 8 Program for at least one year.

If you are interested in changing the vision for your life, call the Kauai County Housing Agency at (808)-241-4440.

For more information download the Family Self Sufficiency Brochure & Family Self Sufficiency Program Information brochures to the right.  The latest quarterly participant newsletter can be found here: 4th Qtr Current Newsletter.pdf

Annual PHA Plan

HUD requires PHA's to complete a PHA Plan.  The PHA Plan is a guide to PHA programs, policies, operations and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals.  The Annual PHA Plan for the County of Kauai covers each fiscal year from July 1st to the following June 30th.

More information on the PHA Plan can be found on online: HUD PHA Plan Website

The most recent PHA Plan for the County of Kauai encompasses the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  This Plan was approved by HUD on May 10, 2017.  In accordance with HUD requirements, the approved Plan is available for review and inspection during normal business hours (Monday-Friday excluding state and Federal holidays, 7:45AM-4:30PM) at the Kauai County Housing Agency office located at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii.

Project-Based Vouchers

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Kauai County Housing Agency (KCHA), pursuant to Chapter 17 of its Administrative Plan and Federal regulations at 24 CFR 983 announces the solicitation to interested and qualified housing developers or development owners to apply for the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program.  The PBV Program is a component of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program funded by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).  Like HCV, PBV provides federal rental assistance subsidies to income-qualifying families and households that enable them to rent decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private rental market.  Whereas in HCV where the rental subsidy is tied to a voucher which in turn is allotted to a family or household, under PBV, the rental subsidy is tied to a specific rental unit and not the family or household.

Under the PBV Program, a Public Housing Authority (PHA) can allocate up to 20 percent of its voucher assistance to specific housing units if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct the units, or the owner agrees to set aside a portion of the units in an existing development.  All units must meet HUD housing quality standards.  Under the PBV Program, a PHA enters into an assistance contract with the owner for specified units and for a specified term.  The PHA refers families from its waiting list to the project owner to fill vacancies.  Because assistance is tied to the unit, a family who moves from the project-based unit does not have any right to continued housing assistance.  However, they may be eligible for a tenant-based voucher under HCV when one becomes available.  Rents in the PBV Program are set based upon market comparables of similar units in the project and surrounding vicinity and may not exceed 110 percent of the HUD-published existing housing fair market rents.

Applicants for the PBV Program shall be an owner of existing affordable rental developments or projects with at least one year of experience in ownership and/or management of said developments or projects.  For purposes of the the PBV Program, “existing affordable rental developments or projects” are such housing units or properties that are already constructed and have tenants residing in individual rental units on premises.  The selected application will be chosen based on the greatest number of rental units being proposed to utilize PBV funding and for the length of time the applicant desires to utilize the PBV Program.  The selected applicant will be required to be in Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE) clearance if receiving over $25,000 in contract awards.

To respond to this solicitation, all interested applicants are required to complete and submit a PBV application from KCHA.  The PBV application is available for download here or may be requested via mail by contacting the HCV Program Manager at (808) 241-4440, between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays.

The application deadline for this solicitation is 4:00PM HST on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Questions, comments or requests for additional information may be directed to Bricen Moritsugu, Program Manager at bmoritsugu@kauai.gov; via phone at (808) 241-4440; or by mail at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, HI  96766. 

Accommodations for persons with disabilities, persons requesting auxiliary aides or materials in a different format and interpreters for non-English speaking citizens will be available upon written request by contacting Bricen Moritsugu at (808) 241-4440.