Understanding Kauai’s housing shortage

LIHUE — “Squeezed Out: Understanding Kauai’s Housing Shortage” is the topic of the Kauai Planning and Action Alliance (KPAA) annual membership meeting Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kauai Community College, OCET Building, Room 105. The public is welcome to attend.

Following a brief membership meeting and election of KPAA Board members, there will be a panel discussion featuring County Housing Agency Director Kamuela Cobb-Adams, County Long-Range Planner Marie Williams, and F. Lee Morey, principal broker of Coldwell Banker-Turtle Cove Realty. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

“According to a 2013 technical study prepared for the county’s General Plan update, Kauai will need nearly 4,000 more housing units by 2020 to meet community needs. How are these needs going to be met?” said Diane Zachary, KPAA president and CEO. “Already many residents find it very challenging to find housing — especially rentals — at prices they can afford. Through this discussion, we want to explore the current situation and how the island’s housing needs can be met.”

Registration and refreshments begin at 1:30 p.m. and the program will start at 2 p.m. Seating is limited. Call KPAA at 632-2005 or email kpaa@kauainetwork.org by Monday to confirm attendance.

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