- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on wait list for Hawaii’s housing assistance programs (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Oahu residents can no longer apply to get into public housing, because the waiting list closed last week.

Applicants on neighbor islands are still able to apply for those coveted housing slots. The program allows low-income residents to pay just one-third of their monthly income in rent.

Meanwhile, the state said Wednesday it’s accepting new applications for Section 8 housing assistance.

The waiting list for the Section 8 housing assistance vouchers had been closed for a decade because people were stuck on the list for years.

Gov. David Ige said the state will accept new applications for Section 8 online for three days starting Aug. 16. He says they’re expecting up to 12,000 applications.

Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation.

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1:30 p.m.

People struggling to find housing in high-cost Hawaii will be able to apply for Section 8 housing assistance.

The waiting list for the federal assistance vouchers had been closed for a decade because people were stuck on the list for years.

Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday the state will accept new applications online for three days starting August 16. He says they’re expecting up to 12,000 applications.

Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, and Ige’s administration is working to provide more housing.

Even with a voucher, it’s hard to find a landlord willing to rent to Section 8 tenants.

An effort to pass a law banning landlord discrimination against Section 8 tenants failed last year. But Ige says more willing landlords have been coming on board.

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