An affordable housing rally is being held on July 19that 12 noon to 1 p.m. Rally organizers invite participants to join at Ka‘ahumanu Church in Wailuku and Ka‘ahumanu Avenue fronting the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului. The purpose of the Rally is to call our County government to come together to build the homes that our people need and can afford to buy or rent.
On July 19th at 1:30 pm, the Affordable Housing Committee of the Maui County Council will review the just-released Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan. The plan was created by Hawaiian Community Assets through a $300,000 county contract. The Plan can be accessed at www.mauihousingplan.org.
Assistance to provide remote testimony to the Affordable Housing Committee meeting will be provided on the Ka‘ahumanu Church grounds. The event is being sponsored by Stand Up Maui, Maui Tomorrow and Share Your Mana.
Easily identified trained Rally Point People will be on-site to assist with proper rally distancing and participation staging. Please remember to stay 12 feet from intersections.
Share your story and thoughts on affordable housing. Maui County Council will be reviewing the Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan on July 19th. The plan was created by Hawaiian Community Assets through a $300,000 county contract.
The volunteers of SUM have consistently advocated with the County Administration and the Maui County Council to build affordable, decent homes for Maui’s people.
Today, SUM is working with the Maui County Council to develop a Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan to be a roadmap for building homes our people need at the prices they can afford. Hawaiian Community Assets and PBR Hawaii have been awarded the bid to create the Plan by Summer 2021.
In 2017, SUM (formerly FACE Maui) asked the Maui County Council to establish a Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan (CAHP). Unfortunately, this was not done. Today, SUM has requested a second time and the Council has approved.
Why is this so important? Currently, the County of Maui is totally dependent on developers to propose and develop housing projects. Most of these housing projects are not affordable to local residents. This needs to change.
On August 28, 2020, the Maui County Council awarded the bid to Hawaiian Community Assets, Inc. to develop the CAHP. The plan will be vetted in the community and should be completed by next summer.
Once completed, we will have a policy for all future housing developments for Maui County. We will know how and where to build the future homes for Maui's people. Hooray!
Created in 2008 to provide, protect, and expand affordable housing and suitable living environments for residents of very low ($48,750) to gap incomes ($156,000). The Affordable Housing Fund ends in 2021.
A minimum of 2% from certified real property tax revenues.
1. Increase the supply of rental or owned homes,
2. Buy property,
3. Plan, design, and construct rental or owned homes,
4. Provide housing for the elderly, disabled, and homeless residents,
5. Approve grants or loans to non-profit organizations to build homes,
6. Leverage funds from other organizations, and
7. Increase investment in public infrastructure.
Charter Amendment for 2020 Election:
To increase the percentage of property tax revenues from 2% to 3% and to make the fund permanent.
Inquiries about the Fund:
Lori Tsuhako or Linda Munsell at 270-7805.
The purpose of the program is to assist low to above moderate income (80% to 140% of Area Median Income) first time buyers with a down payment and/or closing cost assistance for a home to be purchased in Maui County.
Who can qualify? You need to be a resident of Maui County, a US citizen or resident alien, and be over 18 years old.
If you are qualified, you can receive a grant for up to $30,000 or up to 5% of the home purchase price. The grant will be awarded only to those who will make the home purchased their principal residence.
The County of Maui will determine when the next application period will be for this program. To prepare for the next application period, call Hale Mahaolu at 242-7027 or Hawaiian Community Assets at 587-7886 for their housing and financial programs to be educated on what families need to do to be approved for a mortgage loan.
If you have any questions about the program, call Maelisa at (808) 270-7351.