Almost 200 Public Housing Units Sit Vacant While Honolulu Struggles To Find Housing For The Homeless

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 haven’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. That’s only over $54,000 per unit, a take given a $700,000 median home cost in Honolulu.

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