DHHL Kūpuna Rental Subsidy Program

Funded by Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA)

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In partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is providing rental subsidies for eligible kūpuna (62 years or older) on the DHHL Wait List in Hawaiʻi. The rental subsidies will allow kūpuna in need to remain safely housed in their rental unit and position themselves to accept a DHHL lease when they are awarded.

The DHHL Kūpuna Rental Subsidy Program is a pilot initiative funded with $10 million from the federal Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, secured by Hawaiʻi’s Congressional Delegation.

Program recipients will pay up to 30 percent of their total household income towards their rent, and the program will cover the remainder of the rent. The program subsidy may only be used for rental payments and will go directly to the program recipient’s landlord. Applicants are eligible for up to 12 months in rental subsidies with an option to renew subject to the availability of funds. 

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Who can Qualify

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Who Can Qualify

Who Can Qualify

  • Residents of the State of Hawai’i who are renters
  • Main applicant must be on the DHHL wait list
  • 62 years or older
  • Applicant household income must not exceed 80% AMI limit
  • Applicant household must not be receiving Section 8 or any other type of rental subsidy

80% Area Median Income (AMI) Table for Hawaiʻi

Subject to Change

Household Size

Honolulu County

Hawai‘i County

Kauai County

Maui County

1 person $73,400 $63,400 $67,600 $64,900
2 people $83,850 $72,450 $77,250 $74,150
3 people $94,350 $81,500 $86,900 $83,400
4 people $104,800 $90,550 $96,550 $92,650
5 people $113,200 $97,800 $104,300 $100,100
6 people $121,600



7 people $130,000




8 people





Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the program, applicants must pass a HUD Housing Quality Standard rental unit inspection. All approved applicants will be required to attend individualized housing counseling with Hawaiian Community Assets. 

For more information about the program or to apply, contact CNHA’s DHHL Kūpuna Rental Subsidy Program via phone at 808-596-8155 or via email at dhhl@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit hawaiiancouncil.org/kupuna.


Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of Hawai’i residency
  • Rental agreement
  • Wait list island and rank number
  • Previous year’s tax documents, pay stubs of two (2) consecutive months most recent income, or other income statement(s)

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Are you on the DHHL Waiting List?

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This program is being supported in whole, by federal award number 23.021 awarded to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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