LIHUE — Over 140 community members from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors gathered at the county’s inaugural Housing Summit on Friday at the Kauai Veterans Center.
“Building partnerships among our community, government agencies, private stakeholders, and nonprofit organizations greatly benefits our local families here on Kauai struggling to make ends meet and gives them the resources necessary to find housing,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami. “The Housing Summit Held on Friday offered valuable panel discussions and breakout sessions that will open doors for more affordable housing opportunities.”
State and county officials and nonprofit partners collaborated with the community on the county’s initiatives and tools used to develop affordable housing. They identified resources, partnerships, and solutions to further the development of affordable housing for local residents and natives alike.
Panel discussions with affordable housing experts yielded insight into how the County of Kauai can make adjustments to its development approach toward creating more units.
In particular, panelists provided comments and critiques about current affordable housing law, and why certain elements of the law like inclusionary zoning are actually preventing robust affordable housing creation.
For more information on the County of Kauai Housing Agency and further resources, please visit https://www.kauai.gov/Housing or call 241-4440.
To learn more about the Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Sec. 8) – a federal program that helps subsidize rent for low-income renters – please visit https://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Housing-Agency/Section-8-Rental-Assistance or call the number above.