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Catholic Charities breaks ground on Kahului Lani senior affordable housing project

By Staff | Dec 13, 2018

Kahului Lani, a 165-unit senior affordable rental complex, is expected to be completed in 2020.

KAHULUI – Catholic Charities Housing Development Corp. (CCHDC) on Nov. 20 broke ground on the Kahului Lani senior affordable rental housing development on Maui.

Developed in partnership with GSF LLC, Kahului Lani will provide low-income seniors with an affordable permanent living option, offering complementary amenities, where residents can “age in place.”

The 165-unit senior affordable rental complex will be built in two phases at the site bordered by Kane, Vevau and School streets.

The first phase of Kahului Lani will include a six-story building with 82 units. The second phase will feature 83 units and a two-story multipurpose building, which will include offices for Catholic Charities Hawaii to provide on-site case management services and programs for residents.

Earlier this year, Maui County’s Department of Housing & Human Concerns announced the Kahului Lani housing project is moving forward, thanks to the utilization of a new fast-track permitting process.

A “Workforce Housing Certificate” was issued for the Kahului Lani project and is the result of a directive earlier this year by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, who instructed all departments to give priority to processing permits for affordable housing projects.

The mayor’s directive yielded the certificate, along with all permit plans that ensure permits are processed first and remain a priority until granted.

“Increasing Maui’s affordable housing inventory is a top priority for the county right now,” said Mayor Arakawa.

“This is especially true for our seniors, who deserve the choice to age in place and live long, active, happy and healthy lives. I’d like to thank CCHDC and the state for teaming up with the county to produce this greatly needed, truly affordable senior housing in Kahului.”

“As Hawaii’s population continues to age, it is more important than ever to provide our seniors with affordable rental options,” said CCHDC President Rick Stack. “Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation is proud to play a role in filling this critical need for our kupuna.”

Once completed, seniors ages 55 and older who earn 60 percent or less of the county median income will be eligible to apply as potential tenants.

Incorporated in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating as a subsidiary of Catholic Charities Hawaii, CCHDC owns, develops and manages real estate properties with the intent to provide affordable housing for the elderly, special needs individuals and other socially or economically disadvantaged persons and families.