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Ask the Mayor: Illinois Resident Granted Section 8 Voucher on Maui, Asks Why There’s No Inventory

September 17, 2018, 1:42 PM HST · Updated September 17, 11:50 AM
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Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Aloha Mayor,

Q: I was awarded a Section 8 voucher for Maui for me and my son. We live in Rockford IL. I was very excited about being able to live in paradise just to find out that there aren’t any homes or apartments available. Why are you giving out Section 8 vouchers if you have nowhere for people to live?

A: I have to admit that I was a little puzzled at first as to why out-of-state residents were being given Section 8 vouchers for housing in Maui County, especially since our housing inventory is very low. But after checking with our departments, I was reminded that this is a federal program, and by law, it is open to any eligible applicant no matter their state of residence. But although that is true, it is also true that just having a voucher does not guarantee you housing. This is unfortunately the case for voucher holders all over the United States, not just here on Maui.

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