OFFICE OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
East Hawai‘i: 50 Wailuku Drive, Hilo, HI 96720-2456
(808) 961-8379 | Fax: (808) 961-8685
West Hawai‘i: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg B, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(808) 323-4300 | Fax: (808) 323-4301
Section 8 Division: 1990 Kino`ole Street, Suite 105, Hilo, HI 96720-5293
(808) 959-4642 | Fax: (808) 959-9308
DESCRIPTION: The Office of Housing and Community Development is responsible for the planning, administration and operation of all of the County of Hawai‘i’s housing programs such as the Section 8 rental assistance for qualified families. Its overall goal is to provide for the development of viable communities in Hawaii County by providing decent housing, suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities.
HOUSING ADMINISTRATOR: Neil S. Gyotoku
NEIL S. GYOTOKU is a graduate of Honokaa High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. He has been in government service for over 35 years.
- Began his career at the Office of Housing and Community Development and started the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program;
- Served as the Logistics and Supply Officer at the Hawai`i County Civil Defense Agency;
- Served as the Area Manager for the State of Hawai`i Hawaii Housing Authority;
- Worked in the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services; and
- Served as the Plans and Operations Officer at the Hawai`i County Civil Defense Agency.
ASST. HOUSING ADMINISTRATOR: Lance M. Niimi
LANCE M. NIIMI is a graduate of Hilo High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. He received his Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, in the specialty of Child and Family Welfare. Mr. Niimi was employed as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the Family Court of the Third Circuit for 9 years, after which he was employed with the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center for 27 years, the last 25 years as a Unit Manager for the Hilo Unit. Mr. Niimi has been a life long supporter of the Island of Hawai`i YMCA and the Hilo Y’s Men and Women’s Club, which sponsors the annual Y’s Men Christmas Tree Sale in Hilo.
PRIVATE SECRETARY: Amy M. Bautista
AMY M. BAUTISTA is a graduate of Waianae High School and moved to Hilo in 2007. Ms. Bautista began her 15+ year career in the legal field at Kobayashi Sugita & Goda (on Oahu) as a receptionist and advanced her career, up to Legal Secretary. Upon moving to Hilo, she held the position of Legal Assistant to Senior Partner at the Law Firm of Crudele & De Lima, before joining the County of Hawai`i in 2015 with the Office of Corporation Counsel as a Legal Clerk III. She then was promoted to a Legal Technicial I before departing the Office of Corporation Counsel to join the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) in December 2016. Amy is humbled at the opportunity to serve in this position and is excited to be a part of the many positive things happening in the OHCD
- Hale Makana `Ohana Public Notice
- Hale Makana `O Kupuna Public Notice
- Housing Choice Voucher - Applicant Change in Contact Information Form
- Housing Choice Voucher - Online Application Information Form
- Housing Agency Resource Guide - Listing, by managing agency, of Goverment-subsidized housing on the Big Island
- Online services for the County of Hawaii’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Project Based Voucher Program now available
- Agenda for April 4, 2017, Hawai`i County Housing Agency (HCHA) Meeting
- Agenda for May 16, 2016, Hawai`i County Housing Agency (HCHA) Meeting
- Hale Makana `Ohana Public Notice
- Hale Makana `O Kupuna Public Notice
- Public Notice - Mohouli Senior Residences
- Public Notice - Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Rules - Update
- Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Rules - Update
- Public Notice - 2017 Action Plan for the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan CDBG Program
- 2016 Proposed Administrative Rules for the Residential Repair Program (RRP)
- Ainakea Senior Residences in Kapa`au Hawai`i
- 2016 - 2017 DRAFT Annual Public Housing Authority (PHA) Plan for Hawai`i County
- 2017 Draft Action Plan of the Consolidated Plan
- 2016 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice with a Focus on People of Disabilities - Full Text
- 2016 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice with a Focus on People of Disabilities - Appendix
- 2010 - 2012 County of Hawai`i Annual Plan for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998
- 2015 - 2019 County of Hawai`i Consolidated Plan & 2015 Action Plan
- 2016 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
- Hawai`i Island Astronomy Workforce Opportunities Report For 2010-2023
- 2016 Affordable Rent and Sales Guidelines
- 2016 Income Schedule by Family Size
- 2017 Allowance for Tenant Furnished Utilities and Other Services - Apartment Building (5+ Units)
- 2017 Allowance for Tenant Furnished Utilities and Other Services - Single-Family
- 2011 State of Hawai`i Homeless Persons Point-In-Time County Report
- 2011 SMS Housing Planning Study:
- 2006 Housing Policy Study
- 2006 Housing Policy Study: The Hidden Homeless and Households at Risk of Homeless
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program:
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8)
- HCV Online Application Information Form
- HCV Applicant Change in Contact Information Form
- HCV Participant Change Form
- HCV Consent for Release of Criminal Conviction Record Form
- HCV How Portability Works
- HCV Notice of Right to Reasonable Accommodation
- HCV Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- HCV VAWA Certification Form
- HCV Owner Payment Information:
- County of Hawai`i V8 Form
- County of Hawai`i Direct Deposit Form
- Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) W-9 Form
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program:
- FSS Program Information and Forms
- FSS Program Brochure
- FSS Interest Form A (Updated 2017)
- FSS Interest Form B
Homeownership Option Program (HOP):
Residential Repair Program (RRP):
- 2017 RRP Application Packet
- 2017 RRP Application Form
- 2016 RRP Administrative Rules
- 2017 RRP Authorization for the Release of Information Form
- 2017 Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Notification Form
WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT
On July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. This law supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 15 years.
WIOA recognizes that the development of employment and training programs must serve our business community as much as it is important to serve our unemployed/underemployed community. The key is making this connection.
WIOA is a federally funded program that helps individuals acquire the skills and job-driven training employers need by providing job seekers and workers, access to employment, education, training and support services.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING RESOURCES
The U.S. Department of Labor and Education has issued five (5) rules implementing WIOA.
Programs and Activities Authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of the WIOA) - Final Rule
State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage
WIOA - Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans; Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions - Final Rule
GUIDANCE AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
HAWAI`I COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The mission of the Hawai`i County Workforce Development Board (HCWDB) is to promote the development of a highly competent and productive workforce by coordinating the efforts of educational institutions, labor, business, economic development organizations, government agencies and the entire community in order to sustain a strong economy and lifestyle.
While the Mayor is responsible for appointing the Board’s members, if your local business organization or business trade association would like to nominate someone for the HCWDB, please contact Office of Housing and Community Development, County of Hawai`i, 50 Wailuku Drive, Hilo, Hawai`i 96720, Phone (808) 961-8379, Fax (808) 961-8685, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCWDB MEMBER INFORMATION
HCWDB Local Area Plan
HCWDB Agendas and Meeting Packets
Goodwill Industries of Hawai`i, Ola I Ka Hana Program, 500 Kalaniana`ole Avenue, Suite 3, Hilo, Hawai`i, 96720, Phone: (808) 443-5863
ADULT & DISLOCATED WORKER PROGRAMS
Workforce Development Division, Hawai`i Island, 1990 Kinoole Street, Suite 102, Hilo, Hawai`i, 96720, Phone: (808) 981-2860
Office of Housing and Community Development, County of Hawai`i, 50 Wailuku Drive, Hilo, Hawai`i, 96720, Phone: (808) 961-8379
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in Housing
In the State of Hawai‘i, it is illegal to Discriminate Against Any Person Because of Religion, Color, Sex, Ancestry/National origin, Age, Marital status, Disability, Race, Familial status, HIV infection, Sex or Sexual orientation.
If you believe you been denied housing because of your: Age, Ancestry/National origin, Color, Disability, Familial status, HIV infection, Marital status, Race, Religious beliefs, Sex, or Sexual orientation,
please contact the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) (808) 974-4000 (enter extension 68636#);
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Print out a questionnaire form, complete it and mail to:
Hawai`i Civil Rights Commission
Princess Ke`elikolani Building
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 411
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813
Fax to: (808) 586-8655
*The Commission does not handle any unfair treatment that is not due to one or more of the above reasons.
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Print out a complaint form, complete it, and mail it to:
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20410-2000
Toll free at: 1 (800) 374-3247
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions based on:
- Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18)
- National origin
REMEMBER: IT IS ILLEGAL FOR AN OWNER OR ANY OTHER PERSON ENGAGING IN A REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTION, OR FOR A REAL ESTATE BROKER OR SALESPERSON TO RETALIATE AGAINST YOU FOR FILING A COMPLAINT OR FOR CONTACTING THIS COMMISSION.
Fair Housing Enforcement Program - Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
This program also offers statewide services to victims of housing discrimination, regardless of their income or assets. If you believe that you are a victim of illegal housing discrimination, please call 1 (866) 527-FAIR (1-866-527-3247).
If you have additional questions or need assistance in completing any of the complaint forms, please call the Office of Housing and Community Development at (808) 961-8379.
Fair Housing Resources:
- Fair Housing in Hawai‘i Poster
- Fair Housing Laws and Executive Orders - Full text of the Fair Housing Laws and Presidential Executive Orders at HUD’s Website.