Key Services – Housing

Most people with disabilities and older people prefer to remain in their own homes. This can sometimes be costly, especially for those on low and fixed incomes. There are programs designed to assist home owners and renters. The following is a brief description of these programs. You can call our Helpline (808 453-6151) for additional assistance. In addition, you may call other organizations noted in the program descriptions which follow.

For frequently asked questions about various rental assistance, you can contact the Legal Aid Sociey of Hawaii at 536-4302 (Oahu), 244-3731 (Maui), 961-2851/329-3910 (Island of Hawaii) or visit their website.

City & County Rental Assistance

The County governments provide the federal funded Section 8 Program for rental subsidies to be paid to landlords by income eligible families (elderly, handicapped or disabled individuals).

Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA)

The HCDCH manages federal and state public housing projects and related programs in Hawaii. You can visit their website at Their Homeless program webpage is at

  • Kauai – to apply for housing assistance go to their office at 4726 Malu Road, P. O. Box 650, Kapaa, HI 96746, Telephone: 821-4415 (V); 821-6964 (Fax).
  • Oahu – to apply for housing assistance you must go to their School Street Office at 1002 North School Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817. Telephone: 587-0641(V). Office hours: 7:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., on weekdays, except for federal and state holidays.
    • 24-hour Hotline on Oahu: 587-0524
      Housing Information on Oahu: 587-0597
      Real Estate Services Section on Oahu: 587-0511
  • Maui – to apply for housing assistance go to their HCDCH office at 2015 Holowai Place, Wailuku, HI 96793, Telephone: 243-5001 (V)
  • Molokai – to apply for housing assistance call their HCDCH office at 552-2270.
  • Island of Hawaii – to apply for housing assistance go to their HCDCH office at 600 Wailoa Street, Hilo, HI. 96720, Telephone: 933-0474 (V); 933-0479 (Fax).

HUD and People with Disabilities

The federal government’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides a webpage to assist people with disabilities in their efforts to find affordable housing, prevent homelessness and/or consider residential alternatives (

HUD offers a listing of resources for those who are homeless

What is HUD doing in Hawaii? Visit the site: “Working with HUD in Hawaii” to find out what grants and projects are currently underway. To contact HUD: ( Hawaii’s HUD is located in: Department of Housing and Urban Development, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 34, Honolulu 96813.

Homeownership Assistance Programs (HAP)

The federal government’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides homebuyer education on homeownership in Hawaii:

Listing of Housing and Housing related Assistance – DCAB

Visit the DOH DCAB’s statewide listings of government, private and non-profit organizations (click here for DCAB)

Social Security Creates New Homeless Website

Social Security introduced a new “Service to the Homeless” website. You can access the site at

Partners in Care

This is a coalition of communty organizations, government offices and service utiliziers who have banded together to solve homelessnes in Hawaii. In the past, their website resource links were great and mentioned assistance regarding street outreach, immediate shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, supportive services, homelessness prevention and links to other organizations. Click: to visit their current site.

Other Housing Assistance Sources

  • The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s website may offer other options.
  • DHS offers Security Deposit Assistance to some. Contact their offices and inquire.

Miscellaneous smaller programs by island:


  • The Salvation Army – Salvation Army Family Services – Starting September 2, 2003, clients can call the Salvation Army at 845-2544 for rental assistance. To qualify for help, clients must either be homeless or have an eviction notice.
  • The Giving Tree Food Pantry – all are welcome to shop at the pantry weekly at our grocery style pantry (524-9397). Applications are taken for state IDS, birth certificate finances plus at times, rental and utility help (447-5361). Job Referral and Resume Writing available as well (447-5361).
  • Institute for Human Services Inc. (IHS), Peanut Butter Ministry – This organization offers assistance through meals, clothing, shelter, social work, medical, alcohol counseling and representative payee services to the homeless. Its emergency shelter focuses on providing basic needs until the client becomes self-sufficient or is placed with a specialized facility, agency, care home or transitional shelter. It has some information on low-cost apartments for rent. The are located at 546 Kaaahi Street, Honolulu. Phone: 845-7052.
  • Homeless Solutions, Inc. – Offers transitional housing for the homeless. Location: 2734 South King St., Honolulu 96826. Contact: 973-0600
  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity………………………….485-2355
    98-025 Hekaha Street, #214A
    Aiea, HI 96701
    Leeward Office: (808) 696-7882
    Self-Help Housing
  • Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. – County Homeless Program – provides financial assistance to those who are homeless or in the proces of being evicted. Helps with 1st month’s rent or back rent due, security deposit or utility bills. Contact: 249-2970.Low Income Household Energy Assistance Program – once a year, around June, applications are accepted for a utility credit for up to $100. Contact: 249-2970.
  • Habilitat for Humanity Maui Inc………………………..893-0334
    PO Box 5034 Kahului 96733
    Self-Help Housing
    Island of Hawaii
  • Habilitat for Humanity Hale Aloha O Hilo…………….935-6677
    110 Kinoole Street, Hilo
    Self-help Housing
  • Habilitat for Humanity Kona…………………………….329-8800
    74-4907 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona 

    Self-Help HousingKauai
  • Habilitat for Humanity Kauai…………………………….335-0296
    1-3410 Kaumualii Highway
    Self-help Housing

The Homeless Siuation in the News

  • Honolulu Advertiser article about changes in store for HCDCH.
  • Honolulu Advertiser article about the need for ‘cheap housing’.
  • Honolulu Advertiser article about 10-year plan for homelessness.

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