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Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program to Open Waiting List

by Thunda

The County of Hawaiʻi Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will open the waiting list for the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program:

JANUARY 19, 9:00 AM HST – JANUARY 26, 4:00 PM HST

Applications must be completed and submitted electronically through OHCD’s online application portal, accessible with any computer or smartphone with internet access at: There is no cost to apply.

Only one application per family is allowed on the waiting list. If you have a disability or a barrier to completing the online application, you may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting OHCD at (808) 959-4642.

What is the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) HOME Program?

The TBRA HOME program provides rental assistance subsidies to individuals and families residing on Hawaiʻi Island. Depending on available funding, the TBRA program can provide housing assistance for a maximum of 24 months.


Preference will be given to applicants who meet one of the selection eligibility requirements and the program’s income limits:

  • Natural Disaster
  • Government Action
  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Family Reunification
  • Homelessness
  • Terminally ill
  • Aged-Out Foster Care Youth
  • Families in Transitional Housing Programs

OHCD will verify the selected eligibility required preferences. Individuals and families who meet the criteria for the preference move ahead of others on the waiting list who do not meet the criteria for the preference.

2022 HOME Income Limits Area Median Family Income (AMI): 60% Gross Annual Income must be at or below:
Number of Household Members12345678
Low (60% AMI)40,02045,72051,42057,12061,74066,30070,86075,420

Waiting List

All applications received by the OHCD will be assigned a position number based on the date and time of submission. Confirmation of the position number on the waiting list is sent to each applicant via mail approximately seven days after the waiting list closes.

Housing Assistance is Not Guaranteed

A screening process begins when OHCD selects an applicant family from the waiting list. The screening process includes an interview with the applicant; a collection of supporting documentation of family income, assets, and family composition; and verification of information. The screening process determines program eligibility and the amount of rental subsidy assistance.

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