The tents backing Kapalama Canal and a burgeoning homeless outpost in Kakaako are sheer reminders of a worsening affordable housing predicament in Hawaii, that has a top rate of homelessness in a nation.
Despite a unfortunate need for low-income housing, about 175 open housing units are sitting empty, mostly since state policymakers havenâ€™t allocated adequate appropriation and resources to reconstruct them.
The series of empty units is approaching to double after a Legislature exceedingly underfunded open housing repairs this event and cut off a polite use grant that authorised a group to occupy a a less-costly upkeep team.
The Hawaii Public Housing Authority estimates it would cost $9.5 million to reconstruct all 175 empty units statewide. Thatâ€™s only over $54,000 per unit, a take given a $700,000 median home cost in Honolulu.
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