COUNTY OF HAWAII (KITV4) - The County of Hawaii will begin accepting phase two applications for the Voluntary Housing buyout Program (VHBP) for the Kilauea Eruption Recovery on Monday, November 1, 2021.
Eligible Phase 2 properties include secondary homes and long-term rentals that were impacted by the 2018 Kilauea eruption.
Full-time vacation rentals that operated exclusively as a business are not eligible under this program. The Phase 2 application period runs from Nov. 1, 2021, through Jan. 31, 2022.
“We are pleased to reopen the application period for the Voluntary Housing Buyout Program to continue providing this recovery solution for applicants,” said Douglas Le, County Disaster Recovery Officer.
The County’s VHBP staff are processing about 300 applications from Phase 1. Since the launch of the VHBP, 91 properties that could be served through this program as a second home or long-term rental have registered ahead of Phase 2. Registration assists the County with assessing demand and providing program updates to potential applicants but is not required to apply.
The County’s initial damage assessment identified 294 primary residences and 318 secondary residences that were inundated by lava.
“We also invite owners of impacted primary residences that missed the Phase 1 application period to apply during Phase 2," said Douglas Le, County Disaster Recovery Officer.
An application form will be available starting Nov. 1 at https://recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/resources/housing-buyout-program.