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            The City Council has adopted Resolution No. 07-331, authorizing the City Department of Community Services (DCS) to enter into an agreement with the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) to allow participants in two City programs to help renovate State public housing units.


            Under this arrangement, students in the City’s Youth Services and YouthBuild programs help renovate vacant units in HPHA’s public housing projects, including Mayor Wright Homes and Kalihi Valley Homes.


            In addition to doing structural repair and painting, the students help with grounds cleaning, landscaping, parking lot striping, and graffiti paint-out.


            Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “This is a stellar example of a great partnership where the City and State work together to transform dilapidated facilities into much needed homes for our families.”


            The Youth Services and YouthBuild programs provide low income youth, high school dropouts, and youth offenders, ages 16 to 24, with the opportunity to achieve educational, employment and personal goals through course work and activities.


            Deborah Kim Morikawa, DCS director, said, “A critical mission of both these programs is to instill in our youth the importance of community service. Since 2005, participants have helped to repair approximately 25 public housing units.  In addition, they have been involved with cleaning up Kawai Nui Marsh and various City parks facilities, as well as participating in islandwide graffiti paint-outs.”


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Ernie Martin (592-2289)

Lei Nakamura (832-7960, Ext. 32)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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