Honolulu’s housing costs are among the highest in the nation. My administration is committed to creating housing opportunities that local families can afford.
Office of Housing.
In 2011 we opened the Office of Housing to facilitate the development and preservation of affordable housing.
Honolulu Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative.
We launched a major initiative to turn over operations and maintenance of the city’s 12 affordable housing complexes to the private sector, while retaining income-based affordability guidelines. This public-private collaboration will result in capital improvements and operational efficiencies to benefit the residents, and enable the City to retire a number of financial obligations, eliminate significant liabilities, and free up resources in several agencies.
Maximizing federal funds.
We are securing and investing federal funds to preserve and increase Honolulu’s inventory of affordable housing. We have partnered with community organizations to complete construction, or start new construction or substantial renovations, on hundreds of affordable housing units.
This year we will unveil a public-private transitional housing initiative, to be operated by a nonprofit agency, for vulnerable homeless individuals who suffer from disabilities and chronic conditions that prevent them from participating in conventional shelter programs.
Homeless resource website.
We launched a website to improve community access to information on shelter, services, and transitional housing opportunities.
Improved efficiency in permitting.
We are revising building codes to streamline the review and inspection process, and to eliminate certain agricultural structures from the permit process altogether. We are offering online permitting and electronic plans submittal for residential subdivisions, and this year, through a public/private partnership, we will roll out an electronic plans review pilot program.