Signing paves way for modular housing to help Oahu’s homeless

The State and City and County of Honolulu are moving forward with a public-private partnership to help Oahu’s homeless population.

Paperwork was signed Monday finalizing the lease for land that will house Kahauiki Village, a collection of roughly 200 modular homes on the paintball field just off Nimitz Highway.

The governor’s executive order transfers jurisdiction of the land to the City, and the Mayor’s lease gives aio foundation control of the land for the project.

“We have stepped forward to help our community to become self-reliant because we believe that government cannot be expected to solve our homeless issues and our affordable housing issues by themselves,” said aio foundation founder Duane Kurisu.

“The city will do our part and spend up to $4 million for infrastructure, something I’m passionate about,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We’re going to be bringing in sewer lines. We’re going to be bringing in water lines, so people can live here and have the type of quality of life we are all used to at our homes on this island.”

The plantation-style community will utilize refurbished modular homes previously used by Tohoku earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Rent will cost roughly $400 to $500 a month, and every family will be expected to cover utility fees.

No word yet on when the homes will be completed.

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