With the goal of relocating squatters from public areas and transitioning them into more permanent housing, a modular housing project has ensued in Waianae. As of Tuesday, installation of three modular housing units has begun which will provide shelter for working homeless families and individuals at city-owned property.
The estimated site work cost is $425,000, including assignments such as clearing overgrowth, removing asbestos, and leveling and landscaping the units to prepare the area for tenants to move by the end of October.
Although many are excited for the project, it has stimulated controversy in the area with concerns including the effects on property value and the safety of the community once tenants arrive.
Additionally, the city is collaborating with community members towards another housing project to be located near Waianae High School. The site is planned to accommodate 75-90 homeless individuals.