Section 8 Rental Assistance


For our Section 8 Division, existing clients should call their assigned caseworker directly. New clients who have not yet been assigned to a caseworker may call 241-4440.

Housing Agency now has a secure mailbox located at the Rice Street entrance to the Piikoi Building. Any documents placed in the secure drop box after 4 p.m. will be marked as received the following business day. Please be sure to properly label and identify your documents so they may be accounted for properly.




Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Opens Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List July 25, 2020



The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program announces it will be accepting online applications for its Section 8 HCV Waiting List beginning July 25, 2020, 12:00 AM (HST) and remain open until further notice. Applications will be accepted online at

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance to very low-income families. Applicants must meet the requirements of the Section 8 HCV Program. Eligible applicants will be selected for the Waiting List based on preference ranking. Applying for the Waiting List is free of charge and the Housing Agency cautions applicants against individuals or companies offering application assistance for a fee. These individuals or companies are not affiliated with the Housing Agency and should be considered a scam or fraudulent.

Additional information and updates regarding the Section 8 HCV Program and the Waiting List can be obtained online at or by calling the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency Section 8 HCV Program at 808-241-4440.

The 2019 Waitlist will close on July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (HST).

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 manager 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.

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


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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 the HUD PHA Plan Website.

The most recent PHA Plan for the County of Kauai encompasses the period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. 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, 8:00AM-4:00PM) at the Kauai County Housing Agency office located at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii.

Alternatively, the approved Plan is also available for review online here: FY2022 KCHA Annual PHA Plan(PDF, 5MB)

PHA 5 YR PLAN 2020-2024 Revised 2021(PDF, 12MB)