MAYOR KIRK CALDWELL
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
Wai‘anae – This past Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the completion of the modular permanent affordable rental housing project at 86-537 Halona Road for homeless families in Wai‘anae, as well as the selection of Kealahou West O‘ahu as the service provider.
“This effort could not have been successful without the support of good neighbors and I want to thank everyone on Halona Road for their support,” said Mayor Caldwell. “This administration is attempting new concepts to see which projects produce the best results in helping to solve homelessness, and more modular units like these are likely to be used in the future.”
Three modular units that include a full size range and refrigerator were moved onto the 7,500 square foot lot on Halona Road in August, which was preceded by site work that demolished a dilapidated structure and cleared overgrown weeds and mounds of debris. Final touches included electrical connections, wastewater system improvements, new fencing and lush green landscaping.
“Today marks a new beginning for the city,” said Councilmember Kymberly Pine. “Instead of building shelters, we are building homes of hope for houseless families in our district that they can finally be proud of. I would like to express a heartfelt mahalo to Mayor Caldwell for his support in this project and his compassion for the residents of our Wai‘anae Coast.”
The project includes two 2-bedroom 1-bathroom units, and one 1-bedroom 1-bathroom unit that was converted to be ADA compliant. Each modular unit cost approximately $109,000, with site work by Ideal Construction, Inc. costing an additional $450,000. Rent will range from $950 to $1,050 per month, or 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) under guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Residents who will move into the modular units next month are being selected by Kealahou West O‘ahu, which will provide property management and case management that includes job training, finance management and other services to help ensure successful outcomes.
Neighbors on Halona Road were skeptical of the project when the city first presented the idea in April 2015, but through positive dialogue and engagement that included outreach to neighborhood boards, the modular homes are now seen as an asset to the Leeward Coast community.
(L-R) Hawaii Modular Space Employee James Nakoa, Representative Cedric Gates, Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, and Hawaii Modular Space Employee Mike Rabang smile for a photo at the Halona Road Affordable Housing Project unveiling.