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(Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that Kapolei resident Jerilyn Anderton has become the first participant in the City’s Section 8 housing assistance program to purchase a new home built on Department of Hawaiian Homelands property.


            “History has been made!” Hannemann exclaimed. “This accomplishment reflects the successful collaboration of several private and governmental agencies that assisted Ms. Anderton achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”


He noted that Ms. Anderton, a single parent with three children, is a successful graduate of both the City’s Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency Program and its Homeownership Option Program. Her active participation enabled her to secure full-time employment, rebuild her credit after bankruptcy, save for down payment and closing costs, complete financial education and homebuyer education, and purchase her 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Kapolei for $290,600.


 Jerilyn couldn’t be happier about her new home and continually expresses her thanks for those she calls “angels,” the many partner agencies who “counseled and guided me in the right direction” and ultimately made this opportunity possible for her and her family. The “angels” she praises include: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act Grant Program and for the City’s Section 8 Rental Assistance Branch, and its Family Self-Sufficiency and Homeownership Option Programs.


Other participating partner agencies included the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Direct Loan Program, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and its local partner, Hawaii National Bank for its Home$tart Plus program, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and its Homeownership Assistance Programs, Helen Wai, LLC and Hale Huaka'i for Homebuyer education, American Savings Bank and Alu Like Incorporated for its Assets for Independence Individual Development Account Program.


Ms. Anderton is the City’s 23rd Section 8 Homeowner since 2003 and the 9th program participant to receive a monthly homeownership assistance payment from the City’s Section 8 Rental Assistance Branch. The City’s Homeownership Option Program staff continues to assist over two hundred Section 8 families in the Family Self-Sufficiency and HOP programs to work toward economic stability and to prepare for future homeownership opportunities. For more information about this program, please call the Community Assistance Division at 768-7078.




Media contact:  Judy Pulido, FSS Coordinator, 768-7078