JOINT COMMITTEE INFO BRIEFING ON HOUSING
WHO: Sen. Will Espero, Rep. Tom Brower, Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority, Hunt Companies Hawai‘i Region
WHAT: Joint Informational Briefing
WHERE: Conference Room 229
Hawai‘i State Capitol
WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Senator Will Espero, chair of the Senate Committee on Housing and Representative Tom Brower, chair of the House Committee on Housing will be holding a joint informational briefing on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in Conference Room 229.
The briefing will feature updates from the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) on its current housing program and future housing projects. HPHA, led by Executive Director Hakim Ouansafi, is tasked with developing and managing affordable rental housing, supportive housing, and public housing for the people of Hawai‘i.
In addition to HPHA, the committees have invited Mr. Steve Colon, President of Hunt Companies’ Hawai‘i Region, to provide updates on their highly anticipated redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes. The project is envisioned as one of the many transit-oriented development projects along the Honolulu rail transit corridor.
“Unleashing the potential of Honolulu’s rail system with transit-oriented development projects like Mayor Wright will go far in addressing the critical housing shortage our working families face. I look forward to engaging with our state’s housing agencies to identify more state-owned parcels in the urban core that can be developed into high-density affordable housing projects,” said Sen. Espero.
The redevelopment of the Mayor Wright parcel will feature up to 546 housing units and over 40,000 square feet of commercial space. The project would provide new housing for current residents and create additional affordable workforce housing and market-priced units.
The joint-committee will allow time for public comment at the hearing.