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OHA urges families to utilize housing program

HONOLULU (May 13, 2014) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is urging eligible families to take advantage of a new opportunity to get on Honolulu’s waitlist for the Section-8 Housing Choice Voucher program.

Needy families have from May 15 to May 21 to apply for vouchers whose average value is about $1,000 a month.

But only enough vouchers are available for about 100 families, according to the City and County of Honolulu.

The opportunity comes at a time when research by OHA shows that Native Hawaiian renters have been the most affected by the waiting lists for section 8 vouchers, making them twice as likely as non-Hawaiians to be on the wait list for five or more years.

Already, the Honolulu’s waitlist has been closed since May 2005. It could be another five years before it opens up again.

To apply, go to: http://tinyurl.com/q22sh98 or call (808) 768-7096 for more information.

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