Honolulu Tells HUD Troubled Wahiawa Senior Center Making Strides

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

The Wahiawa senior facility at the center of a federal probe into $8 million in potentially misused grant funding has seen a "steady increase" in the number of people who use the center and should soon reach its benchmarks, according to the city.

Budget and Fiscal Services Director Mike Hansen sent a letter and a quarterly on-site monitoring report of ORI Anuenue Hale to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development July 31.

The quarterly report is the latest in a protracted back-and-forth with the federal government as the threat of losing $7.9 million hangs over Honolulu Hale. ORI Anuenue Hale, referred to in the report as ORIAH, was criticized for an exceedingly low usage rate despite the heavy investment of federal funds.

ORI's wellness center was still used less in June than the city and ORI had promised it would, but not by much, and a trendline included in the quarterly report shows the standard of 50 elderly and developmentally disabled adults each day. In June, the city's report estimates, the ORI wellness center averaged 48.3 daily users. For the quarter ending June 30, the average was 43.7 daily users.

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