For Immediate Release: May 19, 2020
Press Release by:
Tasha Kama, Chair
Affordable Housing Committee
Maui County Council
Committee to review coordinated entry for houseless and affordable housing plan
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii—The Affordable Housing Committee will meet by video conference on Friday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. to review Maui County’s coordinated entry system that is designed to ensure fair and equal access to services for those needing shelter, committee Chair Tasha Kama announced today.
In its first meeting after the council’s budget session, the committee will also review proposed and approved projects in the county’s affordable housing plan, Kama said. The meeting had originally been scheduled for the committee’s normal meeting slot on Wednesday afternoon, but was moved to Friday morning. The council meeting scheduled for Friday has been postponed.
“Coordinated entry helps to match those without shelter to the services and housing options that best suit their needs,” Kama said. “The committee looks forward to hearing an update on the Department of Housing and Human Concerns’ progress in addressing homelessness in coordination with community partners.”
The committee will also review the following projects that have been recommended for funding in the county’s fiscal year 2021 budget as part of the Affordable Housing Plan:
- Kaiaulu O Halelea – Ikaika Ohana
- Liloa Hale – Liloa Senior Housing, LP
- Clean and Sober Residential Acquisition – Aloha House
- Arc Residential Group Home Improvement
Hale O Piikea, a 90-unit rental project planned for Kihei, has been also been proposed and will be reviewed by the committee on Friday.
“The council entered this term declaring that affordable housing would be a priority,” Kama said. “The sense of urgency has only increased with COVID-19 and the economic downturn, so the Affordable Housing Committee looks forward to getting back to its work on Friday.”
Members of the public can join the meeting via video conference link or phone number listed on the meeting agenda at MauiCounty.us/agendas.
For more information, please contact the Office of Council Services’ Research Section at 270-7838 or the committee staff at email@example.com.