Federal funds help low-income renters on Kaua‘i

HONOLULU — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency will receive $352,924 in federal funding to support the Housing Choice Voucher program.

These funds will help support rental-assistance programs for current voucher-holders who lost their jobs or saw a significant reduction in income due to the pandemic.

Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said, “During this tough time, we’ll keep working to deliver more relief to help both renters and landlords avoid falling into debt.”

The HCV program helps very-low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. Approximately 700 households rely on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 housing assistance on Kaua‘i.

Before the pandemic, HCV voucher-holders were required to pay 30% of their income towards rent, and the voucher covered the difference. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, tenants affected by the pandemic can pay less than 30% toward rent, and this new funding for the HCV program will offset the difference.

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