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For more information, contact Program Manager, Sandy Kaauwai, or Assistant Program Manager, Naomi Cortez at 808-241-4440 or fax message to 808-241-5119.

County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency
Pi`ikoi Building
4444 Rice Street, Suite 330
Līhu'e, HI 96766

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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)
Home Ownership Program (Section 8 HOP)
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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

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

The KCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a program for assisting very low-income families in renting decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Since the rental assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find and lease privately owned 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.

Section 8 rental vouchers are administered locally by the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency KCHA receives Federal funds from HUD to administer the Section 8 program. A family issued a rental voucher is responsible for finding and selecting a suitable rental unit of its choice, which may include its present unit. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by KCHA. A rental subsidy is paid directly by KCHA to the landlord 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.


Eligibility for a rental voucher is determined by KCHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family's income may not exceed 50% of the median income for Kaua‘i County. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.

During the pre-application process, the KCHA will collect information on family income, assets and family composition to determine program eligibility.  If KCHA determines that your family is eligible, it will put your name on a waiting list. Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the KCHA will contact you for further information.  Since the demand for housing assistance often exceeds the limited resources available to KCHA, long waiting periods are common. In fact, a PHA may close its waiting list when it has more families on the list than can be assisted in the near future.

For further program information or to request a pre-application for the KCHA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, please contact the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency at (808)-241-4440 to request that one be sent to you.  You may also come to our office to fill out an application.  The KCHA is located at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Līhu'e, Hawai‘i 96766.  Applications are accepted Monday through Friday (excluding Holidays) from 7:45am to 4:00pm.

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Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, established within the Section 8 Choice Voucher  Program, is a voluntary program designed to assist families in achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency through education and job training.

FSS helps Section 8 participants achieve their goals through the following practices:

  • Identify career goals
  • Identify the barriers which could prevent achievement of these goals
  • Identify resources and services necessary for the participants’ success
  • Develop an “Action Plan” to achieve specific goals and objectives necessary for self-sufficiency  and economic independence
  • Obtain support services related to participants plan
  • Receive case management services, encouragement and moral support

FFS families are required to sign a Contract of Participation with the Housing Agency which incorporates their goals and a plan of action.

FSS families have up to five years to complete specific goals and objectives they establish for themselves

FSS families may receive  money in an “Escrow Account”.

Participating families have an opportunity as their income increases and their rent increases, to receive a refund of some or all of their increased rental charges if they comply with the program rules.  If the participant completes the program successfully they will receive all of the funds which have been deposited in an escrow account tax free to use however they choose.

The Family Self-Sufficiency program currently has over 50 participants. All have “Action Plans” with the final goal of being employed full time and off public assistance.

For more information contact Kathryn Kato at 241-4440.

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Section 8 Homeownership Program

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency’s Section 8 Homeownership Program makes Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments available for mortgage payments to allow eligible low-income,  first-time home buyer Section 8 Participants on Kaua‘i the ability to purchase an existing dwelling unit to be used as their primary residence.

To be eligible, a person must be a Participant in the County’s Section 8 Rental Assistance Program and:

  • Have received tenant-based assistance for a minimum of one year.
  • Must not have owned a home in the last three years prior to receiving Homeownership assistance.
  • Have an annual household income of at least $14,500.00.
  • Have at least one adult member who has been employed full-time for at least one year.
  • Must complete an approved pre-purchase and post purchase homeownership-counseling program.

*In addition participation in the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program may be required.

 For more information contact Melissa Jackson at 241-4440.

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