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Struggling To Get By

June 2022

Thursday, June 16

Hawaii May Not Be The Richest State, But It Is One Of The Happiest

Wednesday, June 15

Hawaii Has A Child Care Crisis. Employers Could Help Solve It

Tuesday, June 7

Could Employer-Provided Rentals Help Solve Hawaii’s Housing Crisis?

Wednesday, June 1

Would You Want The Government To Be Your Landlord?

May 2022

Tuesday, May 31

Lawmakers Spent Big This Year To Help Hawaii Families ‘Pushed Over The Edge’

Thursday, May 12

How Fast Can Government Agencies Turn The Legislature’s $1 Billion Into New Housing?

Monday, May 2

How Honolulu’s Push For More Housing Sparks Opposition From Rival Interests

April 2022

Thursday, April 21

Oahu Nonprofits To Get $4.5M To Address Housing And Financial Woes

Monday, April 18

Why Businesses Are Passing Their Rising Costs On To Consumers

Thursday, April 14

How Hawaii’s Land-Use Regulations Are Helping Drive Up Housing Prices

Sunday, April 10

Why More Apartment Buildings May Not Be The Answer To Oahu’s High Housing Costs

March 2022

Thursday, March 31

It’s Hard To Make Ends Meet On Maui. Even If You Live In Your Car

Sunday, March 27

Hawaii’s Population Continues A Slide That Began In 2017, New Data Shows

Friday, March 18

Proposed Bill Would Reduce Prices Of Diapers, Food And Medicine

Sunday, March 13

These 5 Bills Could Be Game Changers For Hawaii Residents Struggling To Afford A Place To Live

Wednesday, March 9

Good Luck Finding A Place To Rent If You Own A Pet — Especially On Maui

Monday, March 7

Here’s How Hawaii Is Trying To Improve Child Care Access

Why It Costs So Much To Own A Car In Hawaii

February 2022

Sunday, February 27

More Housing In Honolulu Means More Density. Are Monster Homes The Only Way?

Tuesday, February 22

Pre-Fab Construction Could Be One Solution To Hawaii’s High Cost Of Housing

Sunday, February 13

What Would You Do With $100? Locals Weigh In On Proposed Tax Refunds

Tuesday, February 8

The Legislature’s Most Visible Housing Advocate Is Provoking A Policy Debate

January 2022

Monday, January 31

5 Charts Show Hawaii’s Housing Cost Squeeze

Wednesday, January 26

Hawaii’s High Costs Leave Many Struggling To Get By

Hawaii May Not Be The Richest State, But It Is One Of The Happiest Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii May Not Be The Richest State, But It Is One Of The Happiest

The bad news: Hawaii has a large percentage of people living close to the edge. The good news: they tend to be happier here than their peers elsewhere.

Hawaii Has A Child Care Crisis. Employers Could Help Solve It Courtesy: Le Village Cowork/2022

Hawaii Has A Child Care Crisis. Employers Could Help Solve It

Setting up on-site daycare can be an expensive and difficult undertaking, but there are other creative ways that companies can help young families. 

Could Employer-Provided Rentals Help Solve Hawaii’s Housing Crisis? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Could Employer-Provided Rentals Help Solve Hawaii’s Housing Crisis?

While government and private employers in other locales are increasingly stepping up to build homes to address housing shortages, the idea has not caught on in Hawaii.

Would You Want The Government To Be Your Landlord? Getty Images/iStockphoto

Would You Want The Government To Be Your Landlord?

As residents across the U.S. struggle with rising housing prices, policymakers are increasingly looking at models for “social housing” including in Vienna, Austria, as a way to improve the situation.

Lawmakers Spent Big This Year To Help Hawaii Families ‘Pushed Over The Edge’ Getty Images/iStockphoto

Lawmakers Spent Big This Year To Help Hawaii Families ‘Pushed Over The Edge’

Despite the investments, advocacy groups say cracks remain in the state’s safety net. 

How Fast Can Government Agencies Turn The Legislature’s $1 Billion Into New Housing? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How Fast Can Government Agencies Turn The Legislature’s $1 Billion Into New Housing?

Lawmakers just appropriated approximately $1 billion to help build homes for residents. Now it’s up to the executive branch to make things happen.

How Honolulu’s Push For More Housing Sparks Opposition From Rival Interests Cassie Ordonio/Civil Beat/2022

How Honolulu’s Push For More Housing Sparks Opposition From Rival Interests

Housing is an abstract goal, but the concrete reality usually sparks opposition from advocates for farmland or the environment or those simply worried about urban woes.

Oahu Nonprofits To Get $4.5M To Address Housing And Financial Woes Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2020

Oahu Nonprofits To Get $4.5M To Address Housing And Financial Woes

The 17 organizations will work together to help solve critical problems facing the island’s working families.

Why Businesses Are Passing Their Rising Costs On To Consumers Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat/2022

Why Businesses Are Passing Their Rising Costs On To Consumers

The price of groceries rose almost 12% in March compared with the same month a year ago, while gasoline prices increased almost 40%.