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Hawai’i Public Housing Authority to Receive Over $9 Million

February 13, 2015, 2:56 PM HST
* Updated February 13, 3:00 PM
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Hawai’i Public Housing Authority is scheduled to receive a $9,036,788 grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds will come from the department’s Capital Fund Program for Public Housing Agencies.

“Safe, affordable housing is a basic necessity that every person deserves,” said United States Senator Brian Schatz. “This important investment by HUD will make sure the Hawai’i Public Housing Authority has the resources to help build and maintain public housing units in our most vulnerable communities.”

Senator Schatz, a member of the Appropriation Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, has also ensured his commitment to making sure Hawai’i families in the most need have a safe place to call home.

Funds being offered through HUD’s Capital Fund program assist about 3,100 public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate, and modernize public housing in communities.

Senator Mazie Hirono. U.S. Senate photo.

Senator Mazie Hirono. U.S. Senate photo.

“Having a safe and stable home is a basic necessity. However, 28,000 Hawai’i residents are on wait lists for affordable housing. Every family in Hawai’i deserves a place to call home and investing in families striving to enter the middle class is one of the best investments we can make,” said U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono.

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Senator Hirono has expressed that the grant is much needed in Hawai’i, and will allow the Hawai’i Public Housing Authority to better affordable housing throughout the state.

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Large-scale improvements, such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems, can be made with the grant funds.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard. U.S. House of Representatives photo.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard. U.S. House of Representatives photo.

“Too many families in Hawai’i are struggling just to stay in their homes,” U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said. “This funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will help replace distressed units, support jobs in our community, and bring quality affordable housing within reach for many Hawai’i families.”

Congressman Mark Takai said, “The lack of affordable housing is an issue that is reaching a critical point in Hawai’i.”

Mark Takai.

Mark Takai. U.S. House of Representatives photo.

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“We need to take action and we need to do so now, that is why I am pleased to announce with the rest of Hawai’i’s Federal Delegation the granting of over $9,000,000 to Hawai’i from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds will go a long way in helping to provide much needed renovations to public housing developments, while creating new affordable housing and providing a stimulus to our local economy,” Congressman Takai added.

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