Move-ins start at new affordable rental complex on Oahu's Leeward Coast
About 22 families have started to move in to Hale O Makana Maili, a 52-unit affordable rental project for low-income tenants in Leeward Oahu that spurred protest and a lawsuit from neighboring residents as well as a new city rule that could affect all affordable housing projects on Oahu going forward.
Hale Makana O Ma’ili, a 52 unit multi-family affordable rental housing project, hosted a small blessing on Friday with internal development team members as tenants have begun moving in. The $22.7 million affordable housing project is expected to provide a safe, secure transitional and long-term rental housing option for families in the leeward community.
Kali Watson and Patti Barbee share an extraordinary vision for getting Hawaiians into housing, and together they are making it happen. Watson and Barbee operate the Hawaiian Community Development Board (HCDB), with Watson, HCDB’s founder, serving as President and CEO, and Barbee serving as Senior Vice President.
Developer helps Hawaiian community with affordable housing
Kali Watson’s career as an affordable housing developer pre-dates the establishment of the Hawaiian Community Development Board, the nonprofit he helped start 19 years ago to help the Native Hawaiian community with housing.
Bill in Congress would boost affordable housing tax credit by 50%
A bill introduced in Congress this year would increase the amount of low-income housing tax credits allocated to each state by 50% over the current levels, which could have meant another $8 million in equity financing for an affordable rental project that broke ground in Kapolei this week.
A state agency is inclined to provide $130 million for a developer to build two apartment towers near Aloha Stadium for low-income households despite contentious community meetings over much of the project earlier this year.
Longs Drugs opening Makaha store, preps to start on new Nanakuli shopping center
CVS is opening its newest Hawaii Longs Drugs store in Makaha this weekend, and construction of the $20 million Longs Drugs-anchored Nanakuli Village Center, which will also have an urgent-care clinic and a dialysis facility as well as other retail and restaurant tenants, is set to start in the next couple of weeks.