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Housing Choice Voucher Program Applications Available Online

October 27, 2015, 2:57 PM HST
* Updated October 27, 3:12 PM
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Luana Gardens in Kahului, Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Luana Gardens in Kahului, Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns has begun accepting online applications for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waitlist.

The department will continue to accept online applications until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hardcopy pre-applications will only be available by advanced written request to the County of Maui. No applications will be provided at the agency.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides tenant-based assistance in the form of a voucher to qualifying low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities for rental units chosen by the tenant in the private market.

The Housing Authority provides payments directly to participating property owners to offset the cost difference between tenant payments and unit rent. Program applicants choose from a variety of housing options ranging from apartments, duplexes and single-family homes to town homes.

To apply, visit the County website. Completed applications must be submitted by the Nov. 8 deadline, no exceptions. Applicants may apply using any computer or smart phone with internet access. Someone else may apply for you if you need help using a computer and many public libraries offer free computer access if you are a library card holder.

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Status information regarding placement on the list will be available online shortly after the closing date. Instructions on obtaining status information are provided during the online application process.

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The Housing Choice Voucher Program assistance covers the rent portion that exceeds approximately 30% of an eligible family’s monthly income.

Any and all households may submit a pre-application. Acceptance and/or assistance are based on income verification and eligibility requirements. Maximum income levels, based on family size are as follows:

Family Size Income Limit

  • 1 $26,850
  • 2 $30,700
  • 3 $34,550
  • 4 $38,350
  • 5 $41,450
  • 6 $44,500
  • 7 $47,600
  • 8 $50,650
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Due to limited funding availability, applications will be selected and ordered using a random lottery system. Not all applicants will be placed on the waiting list. Department officials say that by randomly selecting the applications received for placement on the waiting list, the process is equitable. The time and date of receipt of the application online has no bearing on whether an application will be selected for the waiting list.

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