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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2007
Release No. M-04-07
MAYOR UNVEILS WAIANAE COMMUNITY BENEFITS PACKAGE
WAIANAE – Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the City will provide $1 million in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations and an additional $1 million in supplemental park improvements as part of the Waianae community benefits package.
“These grants and projects are intended to help offset the burden the
“We announced our plan in June and established a community benefits advisory committee made up of representatives from throughout the Leeward Coast to solicit, review and recommend how best to spend the $2 million,” said Hannemann. “Under the leadership of Chairman Aimoku McClellan, the committee did a thorough, thoughtful job and I am pleased to follow through on its recommendations.”
The following nonprofit community organizations will receive grants:
· Alternative Structures International - $100,000 to renovate Raphael House, a residential community for people with disabilities.
· Big Brothers-Big Sisters of
· Hale Kipa, Inc. - $25,000 For direct case management services for homeless youth
· Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. - $60,500 for the Leeward community nutrition program.
· Helping Hands
· Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha - $68,365 to replace an outdated water meter and line for a five-acre agricultural parcel serving the children and youth.
· Ho‘omanu Ke Ola - $85,850 to renovate a 16-bed transitional shelter for the homeless.
· Ka‘ala Farm, Inc. - $35,000 for hands-on agricultural educational programs in elementary schools.
· Ke Ola ‘Ana - $21,063 for an acupuncture detoxification program.
· Leeward Kai Canoe Club - $15,000 to repair an existing Koa canoe
· Salvation Army - $25,000 for transportation services to provide social services in the communities.
· Stedfast Housing Development Corp. - $100,000 for electrical and emergency systems upgrade in a 71-unit residential and supportive services program.
· US Vets - $37,500 to provide food assistance for homeless veterans
· Valley of the Rainbows - $60,000 for an educational youth conference and assist with Sunset on the Beach events.
· Young Women Christian Association - $33,000 for direct service costs related to implementing their family loan program.
“In addition, we have taken some dramatic steps to follow through on my promise to provide clean and safe parks,” said Hannemann. “They include our cleanup of Ala Moana and our ongoing effort to improve other parks, including Tracks, Maili,
“Half of our $2 million community benefits package for Waianae is intended to supplement those efforts. With the help of the advisory committee I am pleased to announce I have authorized funding for several park projects.” They are:
(Planning and design = $90,000; Construction = $175,000)
(Planning and design = $120,000; Construction = $380,000)
(Planning and design = $105,000; Construction = $320,000)
These add up to more than $1 million. The committee recommended that planning and design be done for all three parking lot projects and that construction be initiated on whichever project is ready to go first.
In addition to McClellan, the Community Benefits Advisory Committee included John DeSoto, Ku‘ulei Jolonino, Georgette “Jo” Jordan, John Kaopua, John Kapololu, Neddie Waiamanu-Nunuha, Mark Suiso, Patty Teruya and Roy Wickramaratna.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Monday, January 08, 2007|