The Office of Housing and Community Development is responsible for the planning, administration and operation of all of the County of Hawaiʻi’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.

Latest Information


Public Notices



Hawaiʻi County Housing Agency (HCHA) Meeting Information


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

Homeownership Option Program (HOP)

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program

Residential Repair Program (RRP)

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

Final Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor and Education has issued five (5) rules implementing WIOA.

Guidance and Additional Resources

Hawaiʻi County Workforce Development Board

The mission of the Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi
50 Wailuku Drive
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8379
Fax: (808) 961-8685

HCWDB Member Information

HCWDB Local Area Plan

HCWDB Agendas and Meeting Packets

Youth Programs

Goodwill Industries of Hawaiʻi, Ola I Ka Hana Program
500 Kalanianaʻole Avenue, Suite 3
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone: (808) 443-5863

Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs

Workforce Development Division, Hawaiʻi Island
1990 Kinoole Street, Suite 102
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone: (808) 981-2860

Administrative Entity/Oversight

Office of Housing and Community Development, County of Hawaiʻi
50 Wailuku Drive
Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8379

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

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