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CITY PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LEEWARD OAHU

(Mon., Sept. 19, 2011)—The City and County of Honolulu is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu to build an affordable housing subdivision in Maili.

            Acting Mayor Douglas Chin participated in a ground breaking ceremony on September 17, 2011, at Kaukamana Hale, the location of a 25 unit project that will consist of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom single-family homes on fee simple lots.

            The City appropriated $900,000 of Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu to acquire its 3.21 acre site.

            “The City recognizes the future of Hawaii’s working families will depend on increasing affordable housing opportunities,” said Chin. “This partnership will produce an affordable housing project that will provide a safe, secure, and stable environment for 25 working families for many years.”

            The units will be sold to families with an annual income no greater than 50 percent of the median income level, based on household size, as established by the City.

            Kaukamana Hale is a result of the City’s commitment to encouraging affordable housing opportunities. The City’s Department of Community Services and the Mayor’s Office of Housing emphasize partnerships, collaborations, and coordinated action involving all levels of government, private industry, nonprofit agencies, and the community at large.

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 Media contact: Sam Moku, Department of Community Services Director, 768-7760