Hakim Ouansafi
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

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The Hawaii Public Housing Authority helps provide Hawai`i residents with affordable housing and shelter without discrimination.  HPHA does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities.  HPHA efforts focus on developing affordable rental and supportive housing, public housing and the efficient and fair delivery of housing services to the people of Hawai`i.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority does not discriminate against any person on the basis of disability/handicap, race, ancestry, color, sex, including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, or HIV infection.


What's New?

Sorry, NOT our HCV Waiting List! Contact the County of Hawaii


Section 8 Administrative Plan Update

Public hearing will be held on


Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.


Public Hearings:  The public may participate in the Public Hearing electronically as it happens via Zoom app at the following link: 


When prompted, enter the Meeting ID:  879 0095 5847 and the Password:  hpha

Alternatively, the public may also participate via telephone by calling 1-253-215-8782.  When prompted, callers should enter the Meeting ID: 879 0095 5847 and the Password: 844627.  We request that meeting participants change the display on their device to show their first and last name.

Click here for a link to proposed amendments.


HPHA Contractor and Vaccination Testing Policy & Forms


Pay Your Rent Online!  New!


Moving To Work (MTW)

- Notice of Public Hearing


HPHA is Here for You During the Pandemic

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Pursuant to Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19 signed by Governor David Y. IGE, dated march 4, 2020, and Supplementary Emergency Proclamations for COVID-19, dated March 16, 2020, March 21, 2020, March 23, 2020, March 31, 2020, April 16, 2020, April 25, 2020, May 5, 2020, May 18, 2020, June 10, 2020, July 17, 2020, August 6, 2020, August 20, 2020, September 22, 2020, October 13, 2020, November 16, 2020, November 23, 2020, December 16, 2020, February 12, 2021, April 9, 2021 and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the State Department of Health, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority’s offices are closed to the public.  All essential employees are working remotely to the extent possible which, unfortunately, may cause a slight delay in response time or services

On March 19, 2020, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority’s Board of Directors Authorized the Executive Director to Suspend Existing Rules, Policies, or Procedures Which: 1) Require Close Contact Between Staff and Individuals, such as Inspections; 2) Require Tenants to Leave Their Homes for Extended Periods of Time and Come Into Close Contact with Others, such as the Community Service Requirement; or 3) May Create an Undue Burden on Tenants and Staff, For the Purpose of Delaying Requirements or Services to the Applicants or Tenants of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority’s Programs, Subject to Additional Directives or Guidance from the President, the Governor, and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to terminate with the Emergency Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Hawaii.

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority shall continue to provide services to the extent possible via electronic means in an effort to avoid face-to-face interactions between staff, applicants, and/or tenants.  Electronic means may include any combination of telephone calls, facsimile, electronic mail, video conferencing, or any other alternative means of communication which complies with requirements for social distancing. 

For assistance, please email the HPHA at hpha@hawaii.gov or you may call one of the following numbers for assistance:  Public Housing (808) 832-4692  Section 8 (808) 832-4690.  You can also submit document via U.S. Postal Service to P.O. Box 17907, Honolulu, HI 96817. 

Note that the HPHA’s waiting lists on Oahu are closed and no applications are being distributed or accepted.  Any request for public housing repairs should continue to be directed to the property management office. 

The following is a list of Hawaii Administrative Rules which are affected during the time period established under the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation and any subsequent Supplementary Emergency Proclamations.


Section 8 Subsidy Programs Branch




Section 8 – Palolo Valley Homes Project-Based Waitlist Opening

June 7, 2021 – June 9, 2021

HPHA will be opening is Palolo Valley Homes Project-Based Section 8 for the following Bedroom sizes: 2, 3, and 4


Apply for the Waitlist Here:  hpha.myhousing.com

If you have applied through the waitlist portal in the past, you will be required to apply through your portal account.


Online applications will be accepted from eligible applicants who meet the following preference: 1) Non-elderly persons with a disability. 


To qualify, an applicant must have a member of the household who:

  1. Is at least eighteen (18) years of age but not yet sixty-two (62), and
  2. Has a disability


The online application portal will be opened for three days starting on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. and closing on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. for the Palolo Valley Homes Project-Based 2, 3, and 4-bedroom waitlists.


Complete the pre-application on-line at hpha.myhousing.com by clicking on “Start Here”. 


Applicants who require a reasonable accommodation, must contact the HPHA before Friday, June 4, 2021 for assistance.  Please call (808) 832-6040 or email hpha.section8waitlist@hawaii.gov.


Interpreters Schedule for Waitlist

Monday 6/7

9am-11am: Marshallese


Phone:  +1 253 215 8782    Passcode: 9GV4Gk


1pm-3pm: Cantonese/Mandarin


Phone:  +1 253 215 8782    Passcode: 2cxbni


3pm-4:30: Vietnamese


Phone:    +1 253 215 8782  Passcode: x7Sr2t


Tuesday 6/8

9am-11am: Chuukese


Phone:   +1 253 215 8782    Passcode: EC8gaY


1pm-3pm: Korean


Phone:  +1 253 215 8782     Passcode:     pi3521




Redevelopment Efforts


Other Notices

Alert! Fraud Alert: Phony Grant Scams
Beware of fraudsters who say you have been awarded a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but they need an upfront fee. HUD will never email or call to “award” you money.

Find out more about it HERE!!!

Beware of 'Government Imposter' Scams
HPHA alerted the Attorney General, Honolulu Police Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) so that the State's most vulnerable population does not fall victim to this type of scam. The HPHA never requires fees or credit checks to apply for any of its programs. Potential applicants for Section 8 or public housing should be vigilant when asked to provide private information and should contact the HPHA directly at (808) 832-6040 if they have any concerns about websites, advertisements, postings, etc.

Attorney General's News Release - February 2, 2016


ATTENTION PHONE SCAMS AND FRAUD ALERT for applicants and current Section 8 Voucher holders - Please be aware that Housing Authorities do not charge fees for participation in the Section 8 program. Housing Authorities won't reach out to you by phone or email to suggest that you join a waiting list or pay a fee to be on a waiting list. A Housing Authority will never ask you to wire money or pay with a prepaid card. Those are sure signs of scams.






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Contact Information (for all inquiries including requests for public  records)

               Hawaii Public Housing Authority, 1002 N. School Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

               Phone: (808) 832-4692    Fax: (808) 832-4679    TTY:  (808) 832-6083

               Email: hpha@hawaii.gov

               Section 504 Coordinator, Sarah Beamer

               Phone: (808) 832-4690

                Email: hpha@hawaii.gov


               For requests for public records, please send your request Attn:  Planning Office