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Rental assistance Honolulu County.

Housing assistance programs across Honolulu County can provide tenants with rental assistance or eviction prevention services. Some of the non-profit agencies, churches or charities may also offer other support, ranging from counseling to security deposit help, motel vouchers, or funds for a portion of first month rent due on a new home.

When seeking assistance, the applicant will need to go through a formal application process that will include a review of their income and why they are struggling. Any funds are issued at the discretion of the organization, and they often want proof that the family can pay their future rent and energy costs on their own. More information is below.

  • Agencies may refer the client to government grant programs for their rent or HUD section 8 vouchers.
  • A focus of the Honolulu County charities is on the vulnerable, such as seniors, families with children, or disabled.
  • Resources are very limited, so any emergency rent help will only cover a portion of what is due, and there are often waiting lists.
  • If an apartment is unaffordable, then there may be guidance for rehousing or paying for moving costs.

Catholic Charities Hawaii
Main address - 1822 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
The intake line for low income families is (808) 521-4357
The HELP line can refer Honolulu County to rent or housing programs. They partner with other local churches. Some families may be given funds for a security or back rent, with a focus on veterans. Find more details on Catholic Charities housing assistance Honolulu.

City & County Of Honolulu - Department Of Community Services
1505 Dillingham Blvd., Ste. 216
Honolulu, HI 96817-8087
(808) 768-5727
Grants may be issued from the Rent to Work Program. This helps people facing evicted or the homeless that are willing and able to hold down a job.




Gregory House Programs
200 North Vineyard Boulevard, Suite A310
Honolulu, HI 96817
For applications, dial (808) 592-9022
Only helps HIV / AIDs impacted families. Funds may help with back rent, mortgages, deposits or utility bills. They also run transitional housing and place families into low income apartments.

Helping Hands Hawaii is a leading non profit in Honolulu County. Funds can help pay rent for those facing eviction. Other financial aid may be for rental or utility deposits and referrals to legal aid. The main intake number is (808) 440-3835. They also provide housing support to Native Americans as part of Punawai.

Kalihi-Palama Health Center - Health Care For The Homeless Project
904 Kohou Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 791-6370
Homeless prevention and rehousing includes everything from shelter to motel vouchers, emergency rent help, credit counseling and help for application fees or moving costs.

Alea Bridge
Address is 935 California Avenue
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Phone - (808) 379-2532
Rent help and other services is for North Shore, parts of Leeward Oahu -Kapolei-Ewa, Central Oahu, Waipahu, and Pearl City-Aiea. Referrals are given to employment, housing, and self-sufficiency. Limited emergent rent or energy assistance is offered.

US Vets Initiative
Location is 85-638 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792
(808) 664-1400
They help vets and their families. Homeless prevention, housing stability, tenant legal aid, and rent help may all be offered.





Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Pearl Harbor
Address - 1514 Makalapa Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
For information, dial (808) 473-0282
Emergency financial aid for veterans, military members, and families. Funds for utility bills, no interest loans for paying rent or housing, food, and other needs are addressed.

Salvation Army - Family Services Office
Location is 296 North Vineyard Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Main phone - (808) 521-6551
Referrals are combined with funds for rent or security deposits. Other case management around employment, shelter, and more is arranged.

IHS - The Institute For Human Services
Location is 546 Kaaahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 447-2863
Programs range from section 8 vouchers to rent subsidies. They also offer other emergency eviction and homeless prevention, loans for back rent, rehousing, and other aid.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Location is 950 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Dial (808) 532-0806
Assistance is only for households impacted by MS.

Hawaii Public Housing Authority
Main address is 1002 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 832-6040
The HUD section 8 housing choice voucher program is offered. This is rent subsidized housing for low income families, seniors, and the disabled. There is also public housing, information on home buying services, and other support in addition to the rent vouchers. Find more details on government programs that help get apartments.





Army Community Service - Schofield Barracks
ACS Financial Resiliency Center Building 647
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857
(808) 655-4227
cash grants are part of Army Emergency Relief for service members, or seniors that are veterans. Money can be used for energy costs, rent due to a landlord, car repairs, relocation costs, and other housing costs.

Legal Aid Society Fair Housing hot-line can be reached at 1-866-527-3247. They will address any illegal evictions, lack of repairs to a home or apartment, and provide free legal aid on various tenant/landlord laws.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
Address is 86-260 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, Hawaii 96792
Phone: (808) 697-3736
Rental assistance may be offered from ESG – Emergency Solution Grants. The applicant needs to be self-sufficiency after receiving help. Permanent housing placement is also arranged at the same time as short term rent help.


By Jon McNamara

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