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Schatz: Kauai, Honolulu To Receive $4 Million To Help House More Hawai‘i Families

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing, announced that Hawai‘i will receive $4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The grants will fund housing vouchers for families on Kauai and Oahu.

“This funding will help more Hawai‘i families find a safe and reliable place to live,” said Senator Schatz. “Everyone should be able to afford a home, and I’ll keep fighting to expand affordable housing in Hawai‘i.”

The HCV program helps very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Approximately 13,000 households rely on Section 8 housing in Hawai‘i. This funding is being distributed to housing agencies leasing a lower-than average percentage of their authorized vouchers due to funding constraints, allowing for more vouchers to be leased. The $4 million in funding includes:

  • $2 million for the City and County of Honolulu
  • $2 million for the Kauai County Housing Agency