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Hawaii Public Housing Authority

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority has been working with the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting to come up with ways to process permits more quickly.
Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing

While some state-run apartment complexes look good from the front, there may be vacant units in back awaiting major maintenance work.
What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable?

A lack of funds hampers the effort, and even after contracts are awarded, a slow permit process can delay the work. Federal regulations make shortcuts difficult, but Housing Authority officials are looking for solutions.
Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless?

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority was severely shortchanged by the governor and the Legislature for money to repair vacant units. Unions also blocked continuation of a civil service exemption for maintenance crews, a program that was helping reduce the backlog.
State Settles Suit Over Substandard Public Housing for $350K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Settles Suit Over Substandard Public Housing for $350K

But with a $275 million backlog, attorneys worry that the state is reverting back to under-funding public housing repairs.
Lawsuit Claims Hawaii Public Housing Security Guards Beat Up Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims Hawaii Public Housing Security Guards Beat Up Residents

The alleged beatings include one where a security guard grabbed someone by the hair and threw him into a closed door for riding his bike.
Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It?

Gov. David Ige cut funding to repair aging public housing to $5 million despite a 10-year backlog exceeding $820 million.
Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

Sen. Chun Oakland Seeks $220M for Affordable Housing in Hawaii

The senator wants state funds to subsidize rental housing for poor people.

$11M Renovations Start at Palolo Public Housing

An $11 million modernization project at Palolo Valley Homes will break ground today. It’s part of a $92 million…
More Appointees Snub Hawaii Governor

More Appointees Snub Hawaii Governor

Total resisting Abercrombie resignation request is up to 11.
Hot Water Woes Evaporate at Mayor Wright

Hot Water Woes Evaporate at Mayor Wright

After years of hot water problems at Hawaii public housing project, governor says repairs are complete.
Auditor: Poor Management of Hawaii Public Housing Puts Federal Funds at Risk

Auditor: Poor Management of Hawaii Public Housing Puts Federal Funds at Risk

Report finds long maintenance backlog and 9,000 Hawaii families waiting.
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