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Governor Abercrombie Releases $48.3 Million for Public Housing Statewide

Continuing to invest in capital improvement projects (CIPs) that improve state facilities and infrastructure while strengthening Hawaii’s economic and employment environment, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $48.3 for public housing CIPs across the state.

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“These investments will have long-term benefits, providing homes for island families while further stimulating our economy and generating local jobs,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

  • $25,822,000 – Lump Sum Non-Routine Repair, Maintenance, Improvements and Renovations, statewide – Planning, design, equipment and construction for public housing program site improvements
  • $10,000,000 – ADA Compliance for Various State and Federal Projects, statewide – Planning, design and construction to comply with the ADA for various state and federal public housing projects; among the various housing projects are: Hale Aloha O Puna (Keaau), Pahala Homes (East Hawaii), Pomaikai (Hilo), Koolau Village (Kaneohe), Hale Hookipa (Kahaluu), and various facilities on Kauai
  • $7,500,000 – Lanakila Homes, Hawaii Island – Construction for renovation of existing buildings at this public housing complex in Hilo that was originally developed in 1962; currently, it consists of 148 units built since 2000 and 62 original units built in 1962 (The 62 units are boarded up and abandoned, and the project will replace the existing buildings to allow the units to be rented to qualifying families)
  • $5,000,000 – Hale Laulima, Oahu – Design and construction for modernization, roof replacement, and termite damage repair at this 36-unit public housing project in Pearl City, built in 1981

Additional Funding Released for Lanakila Homes Renovations

Senator Gilbert Kahele (District 1, Hilo) is pleased to announce that Governor Neil Abercrombie has released $7.5M for Lanakila Homes.  These funds will go towards renovations of the existing structures and buildings that are in urgent need of repair and maintenance.

Senator Gilbert Kahele discusses the future of Lanakila Homes with Gov. Abercrombie back in June 21, 2012.  Photo Courtesy of Sen. Kahele's Office

Senator Gilbert Kahele discusses the future of Lanakila Homes with Gov. Abercrombie back in June 21, 2012. Photo Courtesy of Sen. Kahele’s Office

“Appropriating the proper funds and financial support for Lanakila Homes has always been one of my top priorities,” said Senator Kahele, “I am glad that the Governor has released CIP funds specifically to address and improve the critical conditions at Lanakila Homes and finally assist those in need with decent and affordable housing.”

Lanakila Homes have sat vacant in decrepit conditions for years.   Once the project is completed, it is expected to serve as public housing for families in need.

The Abercrombie Administration is dedicated to accelerating Hawaii’s economic recovery through a broad-ranged series of capital improvement actions called the New Day Work Projects.