President – Mandy Trella
Vice President – Kevin Carney
Secretary – Lucienne de Naie
Treasurer – Michael Williams
Directors – Vince Bagoyo, Dwayne Betsill, Denise Boswell, Cara Flores, Stan Franco, Sterling Higa, Jordan Hocker
In partnership with other organizations and those seeking a new way of life, we build a community supporting a pathway to decent and affordable homes and other areas of community concern.
We stand for basic human rights including but not limited to adequate shelter, medical care, employment and education for all.
Stand Up Maui (SUM) is grassroots 501 (C3) non-profit incorporated July 19, 2019 with a thirteen-year history of advocacy for social justice issues in Maui County with a particular focus on affordable housing solutions. Stand Up Maui grew out of FACE (Faith in Action for Community Equity), an interfaith alliance reaching out to the leadership and members of local churches and community organizations to voice the housing and social needs of Maui County’s families.
Taking on tough issues like equitable housing policies, minimum wage increase, immigrants’ rights, predatory pay day loans, FACE Maui community organizers and staff brought churches, housing developers, county and state social service agencies, and elected officials together to share ideas and take joint action on important housing and social justice issues.
After a ten-year history (2008-2018) of listening sessions, rallies, community forums, inspiring interfaith celebrations and educational events, FACE Maui transitioned into Stand Up Maui. The diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and perspectives that make up the SUM volunteer board is respected by public officials and housing developers, who seek input from the organization.
SUM’s major achievement over the past three years is the fulfillment of an organization goal established in 2017 – the funding, commissioning, and adopting of Maui’s Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan (CAHP) (the first of its kind in the State of Hawaii) based on extensive community input and the latest housing local and national data available.
Working closely with local housing advocates and policymakers, SUM now has an opportunity to have an important role in the implementation of key provisions of the CAHP over the next few years. This action will help deliver thousands of safe, sanitary and decent homes desperately needed by Maui County’s families.
SUM is a three-year old organization - but has deep community roots which are widely respected. SUM is committed to doing the research, tracking the outcomes and reporting back to the public what is promised in the CAHP. This will assure a transparent and accountable system of action by policymakers to reach the goal of dwelling units that Maui County families can afford to rent and own. No other organization in Maui County has taken on this specific accountability task. The high level of individual knowledge about development, housing construction, financing, homebuyer financial literacy, environmental policy, social services, and County, State, and Federal housing policies are found in the SUM’s board members and volunteers. With the addition of appropriate staff, SUM will be able to ensure timely follow through on its key organizational goals and better support the continuing work of the dedicated SUM board members and volunteers.
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