Hundreds turn out at housing fairs

Nearly 500 people attended the recent educational housing fairs organized by the Kaua‘i Affordable Housing and Traffic Coalition and the county.

Targeting first-time homebuyers and renters, a housing fair was held in every region on the island. Attendees were given the opportunity to hear testimonials from homeowners who previously thought they couldn’t own a home, learn about homebuyer training programs and financing options, and preview upcoming affordable housing projects.

“Based on feedback we received from the attendees and exhibitors, the consensus was that the housing fairs presented a unique opportunity to get all the various information in a one-stop environment,” said Susan Tai, a member of the Kaua‘i Affordable Housing and Traffic Coalition, in a press release. “The fairs gave people hope that they can successfully work toward owning an affordable home in the not too distant future.”

An exhibitor and presenter at the fair — Hawai‘i Homeownership Center — noted that a number of attendees signed up for the orientation sessions of their homebuyer education classes, which cover basic information on homeownership including managing money, understanding credit, getting a mortgage loan and shopping for a home.

Mayor Bryan Baptiste was pleased with the results of the fairs.

“Overall, I think it was a success,” said the mayor, in a release. “Our goal was to let people know about the affordable housing projects that are coming down the pike and what they need to do to become buyer- or renter-ready for these projects.”

He also acknowledged the individuals and organizations that collaborated on the housing fairs.

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