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On The Issues:
Homelessness & Affordable Housing

We (the government) need to enlist the expertise and resources of faith-based and nongovernment (NGO) organizations to solve the severe issue of homelessness. Leaders of these organizations and government organizations (specifically the state Department of Health [DOH]) need to meet and openly discuss ways in which to complement one another. The State must take the lead by securing funding (state, federal, private) and creating a footprint for ALL counties to follow.

As Mayor, my administration works closely with NGOs and the state on various Homeless Assistance Programs and supports the state's Continuum of Care program. Our county also hired a "homeless coordinator" to look at ways to partner with the state to increase programs and services for our homeless community. There's still a lot of work that needs to be done.

  • Homeless: Individuals that choose to be homeless despite options and resources
    • Provide hygiene stations to allow for self-care and overall public health
  • Houseless: Individuals/families with kids struggling to afford rent
  • Homebound: Individuals from the mainland who don’t have resources to return home
    • KEO received a $25,000 grant from the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) for repatriation services
      • Individuals needed to provide proof of family or organization that would receive them upon return
  • Mental Health: Individuals suffering from mental illness, which is the underlying and/or most pervasive issue causing homelessness
    • DOH officials, mental health service providers and NGOs
      • Must come together to assess ways to reach and treat homeless suffering from mental illness

As housing prices continue to soar across the state, less and less inventory is available to Hawaiʻi’s families. We cannot continue to allow our people to be priced out of their homes. It is the state and counties’ responsibility to find affordable housing solutions by securing funding for projects and by making sure developments are focusing on providing true affordable housing to locals.

As Mayor, I’ve worked with the Kauaʻi County Housing Agency, developers and community members to make affordable housing initiatives a reality. These developments are the footprints we can use on the state-level to immediately address the housing crisis.

  • Lima Ola, ʻEleʻele:
    • Secured 75 acres for $2 million to build first green affordable housing project
    • 550 affordable housing units (single and multi-family), for sale or rent
    • Received $13 million DURF (Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund) loan through state
    • County committed $6 million bond float for infrastructure costs
    • Includes community park, water storage tank, pedestrian/bike pathways
    • Four phases, Phase 1 (149 units) to break ground summer 2018
    • Phase 1—infuse $50 million into island’s economy, provide jobs and generate commerce
  • Koaʻe, Poʻipū:
    • 136 workforce housing units
    • Groundbreaking for infrastructure improvements in March 2018
    • $34,934,328 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for development
    • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds of $2,267,550
    • National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) funds of $2,850,000
  • Kanikoʻo, Līhuʻe:
    • Housing for kūpuna and their caregivers
    • Finished last March for total of 90 units
    • State Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) funds of $9,457,237 utilized
    • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds of $1,750,000 utilized
  • Pua Loke, Līhuʻe:
    • Transit-Ready Community project in town core
    • Up to 50 units for permanent housing for homeless

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