Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Message for Koaʻe Makana Site Blessing

Below is a message from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for Koaʻe Makana​'s Site Blessing 

Hawaiʻi faces a tremendous shortage of affordable housing units, making it increasingly difficult for families with limited resources to find a safe place to live, put food on the table, and make basic ends meet. Hawai‘i’s affordable housing shortage, combined with the soaring cost of living in the islands, has made it impossible for many families who have lived in Hawai‘i for generations to buy, or even rent a home. Each year, thousands of Hawai‘i residents leave because they can no longer afford to live in our state.

The Kauaʻi County Housing Agency, in partnership with Mark Development, Inc., is working to reverse this trend and empower local families through projects like Koaʻe Makana. Today, we celebrate this partnership’s latest success to develop 134 rental units that will offer Garden Isle families and individuals an affordable and safe community to call home. This land, just off the ocean’s cool, blue waters, has long been home to a tightknit, resilient community, and the addition of these new affordable units will further bring Koloa together, creating new opportunities and friendships for the future.

It is my privilege to be your partner at the federal level, where I’m working in Congress to secure federal funding for affordable housing programs, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and more that are essential to so many people in Hawaiʻi. In addition, our entire federal delegation is working to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) to support housing assistance for our Native Hawaiian community. The most recent spending bill that passed Congress increased funding for the Public Housing Capital Fund, HOME Investment Partnerships, housing for our kūpuna and disabled, and more, and I’m continuing to advocate for these programs as we look to the future.  

Mahalo to all who have worked to make Koaʻe Makana a reality, and ensure that this community will be a safe place for the leaders of tomorrow to grow and thrive. Your efforts and hard work are a perfect example of what can be achieved when we are motivated to serve with aloha. Best wishes for your continued success!

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