Abercrombie: PMRF workers need housing

Projected expansion of defense programs at the Pacific Missile Range Facility will bring more short-term workers to Kaua‘i, but new homes should be built so they won’t displace longtime residents, U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday.

On a visit to the base with staff members, Abercrombie said lodge-type housing could either be built on the base or outside of it.

“In the case of short-term housing, we don’t want to impact the challenging housing market on Kaua‘i,” Abercrombie told The Garden Island. “I want to try to relieve pressure on local people.”

As chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, with critical oversight responsibilities for Army and Air Force operations, Abercrombie said he can

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