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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige signs bill to boost production of affordable rental housing

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases


**PHOTOS of bill signing ceremony can be found here.


HONOLULU – Flanked by housing advocates, builders, and lawmakers in Kaka‘ako, Gov. David Ige signed a comprehensive housing measure aimed at increasing the production of affordable rental units across the state.


HB2748 appropriates $200 million to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s (HHFDC) Rental Housing Revolving Fund, and $10 million to the HHFDC’s Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund (DURF). The bill also extends the general excise tax exemption for certain affordable rental housing projects from June 30, 2022 to June 30, 2026, and increases the cap on GET exemptions to $30 million per year until 2030.


“Housing has been a top priority for my administration from day one. We have been advocating for increased investment in the Rental Housing Revolving Fund for nearly 4 years now. I’m so glad that the Legislature is funding these very important programs that we have been advocating for,” said Gov. Ige.


Since 2014, when Gov. Ige took office, the state has completed 5,300 new homes statewide, including 2,000 affordable homes. There are an additional 1,400 units under construction, and another 4,000 units in the planning phase.


In Kaka‘ako, an urban redevelopment area, housing production is up 500 percent since 2014 – with 1,100 units built each year, compared to 200 units a year over the last 30 years.


The $200 million provided by this bill will enable the HHFDC to generate an additional 1,600 affordable units.


“The collaborative efforts of the community – from developers to builders, housing advocates and our legislators – is enabling the state to help our families realize their dream of having their own home. A stable home is the foundation for a stable and successful life. Our goal is within reach. Let’s continue to work together to build upon this momentum,” Ige said.


HB2748 becomes Act 39 with the governor’s signature.


**RENDERINGS attached for:


690 Pohukaina Phases 1 & 2

A 590-unit affordable rental. At least 60 percent of 390 units in Phase 1 is for households earning 140 percent and below of the area median income. Phase II will serve families earning 60 percent and below of the area median income.

Developer: Alakai Development LLC

State assistance: LIHTC/GET/201H


The BLOCK 803 Waimanu

The 153-unit for sale project in Kaka‘ako is a modern, mid-rise affordable condominium project with studios and 1 & 2 bedroom units. 93 percent of the units are affordable for buyers earning 80 to 140 percent of the area median income.

Developer: Coastal Rim Properties, Inc.

State assistance: DURF


Hale Kewalo

A 128-unit affordable rental project located near the HART Ala Moana Station. There are 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units available for families earning 30 to 60 percent of the area median income.

Developer: Stanford Carr Development, LLC

State assistance: LIHTC/RHRF/HMMF/201H                                                                  ###


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]