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Community survey to tackle affordable housing in West Maui

By Staff | May 30, 2019

KIHEI – West Maui residents, employers and employees are invited to participate in a community survey aimed at tackling affordable housing in West Maui.

The West Maui Workforce Housing Survey is a grassroots, community-driven survey designed to determine the need for housing in West Maui from “the bottom up” as opposed to “top down,” according to Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB).

Shaped by an informal working group of West Side human resources directors and employers, and further developed by MEDB, the West Maui Workforce Housing Survey is a first step to defining the need through data provided by residents.

The exercise will better inform the local community, policymakers and real estate development companies about the demand for affordable housing.

Across Maui County, as elsewhere in the state and nationally, affordable housing is a critical issue as supply fails to keep up with demand.

Recent studies have shown that it is an issue that represents a major constraint on economic development, and as the Maui County General Plan states, “When adequate or appropriate housing is unattainable to a large portion of the population, it negatively impacts the entire community and decreases overall quality of life.”

With the support of Maui County Council members, the county Department of Housing and Human Concerns and the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, the survey’s quantitative results will be made available to the public and will be presented as a tool for Maui’s community and county leaders to aid discussions and decisions on the issue of workforce housing.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous.

The West Maui Workforce Housing Survey is presented by Maui Economic Development Board, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to leading and inspiring innovation in business, education and the community. For more information, and how to participate in the survey, visit www.medb.org/WMsurvey/. Questions can be sent to WMsurvey@medb.org.