Native Hawaiians discuss housing challenges with U.S. HUD Secretary
At the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in Kapolei on Oʻahu, government officials convened earlier this week to engage with Native Hawaiian beneficiaries and individuals who have received U.S. Housing and Urban Development counseling and services.
The visit served as an opportunity for HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda and HUD Regional Administrator Jason Pu to listen to the struggles, successes and valuable feedback shared by the community.
The insights gained during this visit will contribute to shaping a new path forward for Native Hawaiians facing housing challenges.
Leaders interacted with Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, lending an attentive ear to their stories, concerns and aspirations.
“By listening to the struggles and success stories of Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, we gain essential insights into their unique needs,” said Kali Watson, chair of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. “It is through collaboration and shared responsibility that we can develop comprehensive solutions to address the housing disparities faced by our communities.”
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement — in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands — has issued approximately $20 million in rental and mortgage assistance through its programs to provide financial relief for struggling individuals and families.