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Hawai'i

  • State Data Overview

    Across Hawaii, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $28,870
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -23,143
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $80,613
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    66%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Tori Bourret

    Tori Bourret

    202.662.1530 x244 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Hawai’i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice
    733 Bishop Street, Suite 1180
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    P 808-587-7605
    Hiappleseed.org
    Gavin Thornton, Executive Director
    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Tori Bourret with any questions.

    Hawaii will subgrant 50% of its HTF allocation each year to the City and County of Honolulu. The remaining 50% will be subgranted to neighbor island counties on a rotating basis, as the state has done in the past with its HOME program allocations. In FY16, the County of Kauai received 50% of Hawaii’s HTF allocation. In FY17, the County of Maui is to receive 50%. Subgrantees such as Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui must have their own local HTF Allocation Plan.

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    Current Year HTF Allocation
    HTF State Resources

    2020

    Annual Action Plan Information Package (PDF)

    2019

    Final Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on pages 87-95 and 115-117 (PDF)

    HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)

    2018

    HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)

    Final Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on pages 79-87 and 109 (PDF)

    2017

    HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)

    Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 69 (PDF)

    Substantial Amendment #1, Kaiwahine Village Phase II, Maui (PDF)

    Substantial Amendment #2, Hale Makana o Maili and Queen Emma Tower, Honolulu (PDF)

    2016

    HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)

    Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 77 (PDF)


    Subgrantees:

    Kaua’i

    2018

    Annual Action Plan (revised Oct 2018) with HTF Allocation Plan on page 55 (PDF)

    2016

    Site Blessing for Koa’e Makana project (PDF)

    HTF Allocation Plan (PDF)

    HTF Application (PDF)


    Honolulu 

    2019 

    Draft Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 198 (PDF) 

    Annual Action Plan (revised Oct 2018) with HTF Allocation Plan on page 55 (PDF)

    2018

    Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 108 (PDF)

    2017

    Draft Amended Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 103 (PDF)

    2016

    HUD’s critique (PDF)


    Maui

    2019

    Draft Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 65 (PDF)

    2018

    Final Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 61 (PDF)

    2017

    Ordinance Establishing Subgrantee Role with HTF Allocation Plan on page 28 and Kaiwahine Village Phase II data on page 36 (PDF)

    Amended Final Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on page 64 (PDF)


    County of Hawaii

    2019

    Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on pages 53-61 (PDF)

    2018

    Annual Action Plan with HTF Allocation Plan on pages 52-55 and 173-180 (PDF)

    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Gavin Thornton

    Co-Executive Director

    Hawai’i Appleseed

    808-587-7605

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Craig K. Hirai

    Executive Director

    Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation

    677 Queen Street, Suite 300

    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    808-587-0641 

    [email protected]


    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation

    Darren Ueki

    Finance Manager

    808-587-0567

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation


    NHTF-specific pages

    National Housing Trust Fund

    Reports and Studies

    Subgrantees:

    Honolulu

    Pamela Witty-Oakland

    Director

    Department of Community Services

    808-768-7760 

    [email protected]


    Mayor's Office of Housing

    Honolulu


    Kaua'i

    Sharon Woodward Graham

    HOME/HTF Program Specialist

    Kauai County Housing Agency

    808-241-4427 

    [email protected]


    County of Hawaii

    Brandi Ah Yo

    808-961-8379 


    Maui

    Chantal Lonergan

    HOME and Housing Trust Fund Specialist

    808-270-5746

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Hawai'i (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Hawai'i (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Hawaii and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Hawaii and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    A survey from the University of Hawai’i Department of Urban and Regional Planning found there are currently 18,000 households delinquent on their rent, and that number does not include people who are current on their but have exhausted their savings. On October 2, the Kuau’i County Housing Agency announced the availability of rent and mortgage assistance, which is funded through the CARES Act.

    Updated on October 19, 2020


    An op-ed in the Honolulu Star Advertiser argues that renters need more assistance to remain stably housed. The $100 million State Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program has received tens of thousands of applications for financial assistance.

    Updated on October 5, 2020


    Governor David Ige announced on September 8 the launch of the State of Hawaii Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program. The $100 million rent relief program is funded through the CARES Act. 

    Updated on September 22, 2020


    The Hawaii House Committee on Human Services and Homelessness recently met to discuss strategies to increase awareness of resources available to people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. One such resource is the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group website: https://health.hawaii.gov/bhhsurg/

    Updated on September 15, 2020


    Despite Hawaii’s eviction moratorium, some landlords are illegally harassing tenants and forcing them out of their homes. While the extended eviction moratorium provides relief for renters, attorneys say state officials need to increase enforcement of the ban.

    Catherine Pirkle, a University of Hawaii at Manoa public health professor, told NBC News that overcrowded living situations in Hawaii can lead to clusters of positive coronavirus cases. Many Hawaii households contain multiple generations and crowding is common, especially for low-income households, making social distancing impossible. 

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    A letter to the editor in the Star Advertiser urges that no resident should be unsheltered in Hawaii.

    Updated on August 19, 2020.


    Despite Hawaii’s eviction moratorium, tenant advocates report that landlords have been using illegal tactics to evict tenants. Advocates are also concerned that a new rule approved by the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to enact strict social distancing requirements will result in increased evictions across the state.

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    Governor David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits and a $100 million spending plan for housing and rental assistance, arguing that $50 million is enough to launch a rent relief program by the end of the year.

    Updated on August 4, 2020.


    An opinion piece in the Civil Beat discussed the urgent need for bold action to prevent a tidal wave of evictions and an increase in homelessness in Hawaii. Even with the state’s eviction moratorium, there are widespread reports of landlords illegally evicting tenants and imposing aggressive tactics to pressure the tenant to “voluntarily” leave.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    An analysis by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization and the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center estimates that between 40,000 and 45,000 of Hawaii renter households will be unemployed by the end of July. Approximately 21,500 of these renter households will be at risk of losing their housing, while 7,500 renter households will be at extreme risk.

    Updated on July 7, 2020.


    Star-Advertiser editorial urges officials to use available federal resources from the CARES Act to address Hawaii’s homelessness needs: “It’s now the duty of state and local lawmakers and officials to deliver this funding where it’s urgently needed. At this point in time, keeping more families housed is central to any rational pandemic recovery strategy.”

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    Hawaii’s rate of homelessness was among the worst in the country before the pandemic, and researchers project increases in homelessness due to loss of employment and wages and the inability to afford rent.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    One person experiencing homelessness in Hawaii has tested positive for the virus thus far. The health department said that even though the state will begin to reopen, it needs to remain vigilant and increase testing, particularly of people living in congregate settings such as homeless shelters.


    An editorial in the Star Advertiser discusses why the state needs to focus on solutions that address long-standing affordable housing issues, not only short-term relief solutions. James Koshiba, co-founder of Hui Aloha, a homeless advocacy group, highlighted that Hawaii should broaden its focus from emergency relief to prevention and permanent solutions.


    Three O’ahu service providers shared updates on efforts to help sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 shutdown.


    Doctors in Hawaii have expressed concern that the state is not taking the necessary steps to prevent a potential COVID-19 outbreak in homeless shelters. On O'ahu, officials scrapped plans to provide walk-in testing for 4,400 residents experiencing homelessness at Iwilei Center. Instead, the city and state are directing people experiencing homelessness with coronavirus-related concerns to its CARES hotline.

    The rooms in the Kona Holiday Inn Express are now serving as isolation units for high-risk seniors, respectfully known as kupuna, who are experiencing homelessness, amid stay-at-home orders. 1,324 people on Hawaiʻi Island received homeless services last year. At least 7% of those were kupuna.

    No information at this time.

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    Hawaii’s Not Ready For A Wave Of Evictions Caused By The Pandemic

    Civil Beat

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    Despite the state’s eviction moratorium, attorneys who represent low-income communities say that landlords have been forcing people who can’t pay rent out anyway, without going to court or calling the sheriff and there has been little enforcement from the state.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.


    Despite Hawaii’s eviction moratorium, tenant advocates report that landlords have been using illegal tactics to evict tenants. Advocates are also concerned that a new rule approved by the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to enact strict social distancing requirements will result in increased evictions across the state.

    Updated: August 12


    No eviction proceedings can take place in cases of nonpayment of rent, maintenance fees, utility charges, taxes, or other fees through August 31.  The Hawaii Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division is suspending all eviction activities. 

    Updated on August 1, 2020.


    In the third week of July, 22.4% of adults in Hawaii reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 39,330 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Updated: July 29


    21,500 renter households in Hawaii are at-risk of losing their homes, with 7,500 of these households at "extreme risk.” An estimated backlog of 800 eviction cases will begin being processed on August 1. According to a weekly survey by the Census, 29% of adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb