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Hawaii Public Housing Authority

Will Ige Get Serious About Repairing Hawaii’s Public Housing? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Ige Get Serious About Repairing Hawaii’s Public Housing?

His Department of Budget and Finance is recommending a budget request of about $31 million — six times what the governor sought last year, but far less than the total cost of fixing the state’s aging public housing stock.

Should People Evicted From Hawaii Public Housing Get A Second Chance? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Should People Evicted From Hawaii Public Housing Get A Second Chance?

Currently an eviction results in a lifetime ban, but the state Housing Authority is considering changing its rules for those who fell behind on rent.

City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing

Resolutions also urged tougher enforcement of the sidewalk-nuisance law, an audit of the Section 8 rental-subsidies and faster roll-out of Housing First.

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority has been working with the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting to come up with ways to process permits more quickly.

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing

While some state-run apartment complexes look good from the front, there may be vacant units in back awaiting major maintenance work.

What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable?

A lack of funds hampers the effort, and even after contracts are awarded, a slow permit process can delay the work. Federal regulations make shortcuts difficult, but Housing Authority officials are looking for solutions.

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless?

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority was severely shortchanged by the governor and the Legislature for money to repair vacant units. Unions also blocked continuation of a civil service exemption for maintenance crews, a program that was helping reduce the backlog.

State Settles Suit Over Substandard Public Housing for $350K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Settles Suit Over Substandard Public Housing for $350K

But with a $275 million backlog, attorneys worry that the state is reverting back to under-funding public housing repairs.

Lawsuit Claims Hawaii Public Housing Security Guards Beat Up Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims Hawaii Public Housing Security Guards Beat Up Residents

The alleged beatings include one where a security guard grabbed someone by the hair and threw him into a closed door for riding his bike.

Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It?

Gov. David Ige cut funding to repair aging public housing to $5 million despite a 10-year backlog exceeding $820 million.

Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

The senator wants state funds to subsidize rental housing for poor people.

$11M Renovations Start at Palolo Public Housing

An $11 million modernization project at Palolo Valley Homes will break ground today. It’s part of a $92 million …
More Appointees Snub Hawaii Governor

More Appointees Snub Hawaii Governor

Total resisting Abercrombie resignation request is up to 11.
Hot Water Woes Evaporate at Mayor Wright

Hot Water Woes Evaporate at Mayor Wright

After years of hot water problems at Hawaii public housing project, governor says repairs are complete.
Auditor: Poor Management of Hawaii Public Housing Puts Federal Funds at Risk

Auditor: Poor Management of Hawaii Public Housing Puts Federal Funds at Risk

Report finds long maintenance backlog and 9,000 Hawaii families waiting.

December 2015

Tuesday, December 8

Will Ige Get Serious About Repairing Hawaii’s Public Housing?

November 2015

Wednesday, November 4

Should People Evicted From Hawaii Public Housing Get A Second Chance?

October 2015

Tuesday, October 20

City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing

August 2015

Thursday, August 20

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work

Monday, August 3

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing

July 2015

Wednesday, July 29

What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable?

Monday, July 13

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless?

March 2015

Tuesday, March 10

State Settles Suit Over Substandard Public Housing for $350K

Friday, March 6

Lawsuit Claims Hawaii Public Housing Security Guards Beat Up Residents

February 2015

Monday, February 9

Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It?

February 2014

Tuesday, February 4

Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

November 2012

Tuesday, November 13

$11M Renovations Start at Palolo Public Housing

June 2011

Thursday, June 23

More Appointees Snub Hawaii Governor

Friday, June 17

Hot Water Woes Evaporate at Mayor Wright

Friday, June 3

Auditor: Poor Management of Hawaii Public Housing Puts Federal Funds at Risk

April 2011

Friday, April 8

Abercrombie: Mayor Wright Hot Water Woes To Be Fixed Immediately

March 2011

Wednesday, March 9

Abercrombie: Hold Me Accountable

February 2011

Tuesday, February 22

Abercrombie Keeps Public Housing Promise

Saturday, February 12

Throwing Cold Water on Rhetoric

Thursday, February 10

Even with Free Land, ‘Affordable Housing’ Fails

Monday, February 7

Mayor Wright Hot-Water Woes Encourage Cynicism About Government

January 2011

Thursday, January 20

Housing Status Quo Needs to Change

Hawaii Needs to Do More to Help Families Facing Foreclosure

Wednesday, January 5

Hawaii Home Values Have Doubled Since 2000

November 2010

Thursday, November 4

Lack of Hot Water For Public Housing Residents a Test for Abercrombie

October 2010

Monday, October 25

Carlisle Says ‘No’ to New Office of Housing

May 2010

Saturday, May 1

What Comes After Curfew at Housing Complex?