Hawai‘i Set To Receive $14.2 Million for Emergency Housing Vouchers
An additional $14.2 million will be allocated to Hawaiʻi under the American Rescue Plan to provide emergency housing vouchers for over 700 people and families who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless.
The funding release from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development was announced today by US Senator Brian Schatz and includes $1.5 million specifically for Maui County.
In addition to homelessness, the funding also is intended to help those who are fleeing from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.
“This additional federal money will ensure that families who lost their homes during the pandemic have access to housing, and it will provide crucial assistance for families who are struggling to stay in their homes,” said Sen. Schatz, who serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “While we keep working to secure additional federal relief for Hawai‘i, this funding will make a big difference.”
The $14.2 million in new funding includes:
- Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority – $3.8 million
- City and County of Honolulu – $6.5 million
- County of Hawai‘i – $1.7 million
- County of Maui – $1.5 million
- Kaua‘i County Housing Agency – $503,868
The new American Rescue Plan funding is being allocated through the Emergency Voucher program, which provides housing choice vouchers to local public housing authorities across the country.