New project brings hope for residents looking for homes

Rendering of the Villages of Moa E Ku. Provided by EAH Housing-Hawaii.

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There’s a renewed effort underway to help more Oahu residents find an affordable place to live.

It’s not always easy, but it’s becoming a reality on the Ewa Plain.

By this time next year, this expanse of land will be a community – construction will begin soon on the affordable for what officials are calling “work force” housing. Residents from Phase I were invited to attend the groundbreaking.

“If you noticed today, we don’t have that many residents here today, although we invited everyone. But they’re all working so it is work force housing,” says Kevin Carney of EAH Housing-Hawaii.

This will be phase two and after phase three is built, the “Villages of Moa E Ku” will provide 192 rental apartments for low and lower income families. It will be a mixed community.

“And if we don’t have a mixed community that this project is about, we as a people are not healthy. We as a people are not living well when I talk about community,” says Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The project was years in the planning involving public and private institutions, banks, federal housing agencies all working together. The governor told the crowd this is just the beginning.

“That there will be an era of unprecedented cooperation, coordination and collaboration between the city and county of Honolulu and the state of Hawaii with respect to the provision of housing affordability,” says Gov. Abercrombie.

An emotional moment when Council member Kymberly Pine described meeting one of her constituents.

“We were able to help her to get into a shelter with the money that we gave several years later. And I said, what are you doing here and she said, I live here now,” Pine says.

With that the dignitaries formed the line-up for the official groundbreaking.

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