How to Apply for Section 8 in Hawaii

Filing a Section 8 application in Hawaii is the process by which individuals who wish to obtain housing assistance through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development—known as HUD—submit their request for the benefits of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. HUD administers this program in conjunction with the Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in each state. In Hawaii this is the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, (HPHA). Learning how to apply for Section 8 benefits is vital to success in obtaining them. 

Few states offer a Section 8 application online, although Hawaii is one of the few that do. Of course, applicants may opt to file applications in person as well as inquire about mailing them in. Simply check with HUD for the nearest PHA office that can help you with your application. Continue reading the article below to find out more information about how to apply for low income housing.

How to Apply for Section 8 Online in Hawaii 

You can find a Section 8 application online if you wish to receive Public Housing Choice Vouchers Program benefits in Hawaii. The first step is to visit the Hawaii Public Housing Authority website to access the online application. The portal will go through various eligibility requirements before you can begin entering your information in order to ensure that you are, in fact, eligible to receive benefits. Once you are sure that you may receive benefits, you can continue to apply for low income housing assistance. 

For those whose first language is not English, you may continue the Hawaii Section 8 online application process in a number of foreign languages including, but not limited to:

  • Vietnamese.
  • Spanish.
  • Chinese.
  • Korean.
  • Tagalog.
  • Samoan.
  • Japanese.

To apply for low income housing, simply visit the HPHA website and then create an account by registering online. You will need to have an assortment of documents to support your claims as well as provide proof of your identity, residency, and income to cover some of the requirements. The following documentation to support your Section 8 application in HI which you must provide includes the following: 

  • Proof of income – The Section 8 application requires that applicants provide proof of income in order to meet the requirements to receive benefits. To that affect, the HPHA asks for supporting documentation such as: 
    • Pay check stubs, W2 forms, tax returns from previous years 
    • Bank statements
    • Benefits award letters or documentation of public assistance 
    • Information on any assets you may have at your disposal
    • Social Security verification notice with a proof of benefits 
  • Citizenship and/or immigration status – To apply for low income housing, documents supporting that all household members are either United States citizens or are resident aliens living in the U.S. legally are necessary. The following documents and information may be used to satisfy this requirement: 
    • Birth certificates for all family members 
    • Passports for anyone who is not a United States citizen
    • Green cards or other immigration documentation for registered immigrants and aliens
    • Verification of immigration status for all immigrants in the household
  • Proof of your identification – Your identification is paramount for the Section 8 application process to result in success. In order to verify your identity to the HPHA, the following documentation is acceptable for submission to prove your identity: 
    • Passports for anyone who is not a citizen of the United States 
    • Driver’s licenses
    • State ID cards
    • Birth certificates for all family members 
    • Social Security cards for all household members 

Be certain that any and all Section 8 applications include accurate and current supporting documentation. Any invalid IDs or incorrect information on your documents or application forms can result in delays in processing your application which also in turn delays any benefits to which you may be entitled. 

You can enter the information regarding your supporting documentation into your Hawaii Section 8 application online after you create your online account with the HPHA. Your online application also requires some general information about the head of your household as well, including:  

  • Full legal name
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Household status
    • Family
    • Elderly
    • Disabled
  • Genders
  • Number of members in the family
  • Ethnicity and/or race of the family

In addition to the information for the head of the household, all applications for Section 8 housing request similar information for all the other members of your family or household, including any minor children. The HPHA will most probably conduct background checks on everyone listed to certify the information you provide on your low-income housing application. The Hawaii HUD housing application requires input for your income as well. You must enter any source of income including salaries that you take home from your employer, other sources of income such as child support payments or alimony, any benefits you may receive as a result of other government programs, or any assets or investments you may possess which provide income as well. 

How to Apply for Hawaii Section 8 Housing by Mail

You may apply for Section 8 by mail. Simply visit the HUD or HPHA websites to find out the proper address to which you must send your completed application along with all the required supporting documentation. The HUD Section 8 application must be accompanied by the following information in order to process your application and avoid delays in acceptance or disbursement of awards benefits:  

  • Proof of income 
  • Citizenship and/or immigration status 
  • Proof of your identification 

How to Apply for Hawaii Section 8 Housing in Person

Applying for low income housing vouchers in Hawaii in person may be less efficient and more time consuming, but it is certain to eliminate any potential errors you may be susceptible to making by filling out all the paperwork on your own. Your local HPHA office is sure to have any application forms you may need to complete the process. They can aid you while filling out the Section 8 application and answer any questions you may have while you are doing so, something not available to you on your own. They will also be able to direct you to make sure your Section 8 application has all the proper documentation being included with it. 

Visiting a local PHA office may be the most accurate way in which to submit your application documents. In addition to being sure to have all the necessary applications on hand, your local PHA office will be able to provide assistance filling out the Section 8 application so that any questions or concerns are addressed immediately and without any confusion. Of course, you must also be sure to bring all the documentations and supporting evidence with regards to identity, income, and immigration or citizenship status with you so that you can provide it along with your application submission. The information needed to submit your application in person is the same that is required for either the online application or a Section 8 application submitted through the mail. 

What Happens After You Submit a Section 8 Application Form in Hawaii? 

Once you submit your Section 8 application, there is typically a waiting period. This is assuming that there is an open waiting list to begin with. If the waiting list is closed, that means the HPHA will not accept any applications. However, once you apply for low income housing and are placed on a waiting list, you simply wait for a response. You will be given a confirmation number that you should write down and keep on hand so that you can check on the status of your application. The wait time for processing your application can be months long, so if your application for Section 8 assistance was submitted online, you can typically check on your status through the HPHA website portal using your online account. If you should need to make any changes to your application, they must all be done in writing. No online changes are accepted nor are they accepted over the phone. Your changes must have a Social Security number on any correspondence. 

To contact your Hawaii HUD office, click here.