Sita and Paulo Utu'utuvanu were in a temporary shelter, unsure of their next step. Paulo is confined to a wheelchair and his disability made the family’s income a matter of uncertainty.
Fortunately for this Hawai'i family, a case manager at the shelter steered them in the direction of Hale Wai Vista, a new affordable rental housing development in Wai'anae, a town west of Honolulu on O'ahu Island.
Hale Wai Vista is the result of a public/private collaboration between the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City and County of Honolulu, and the nonprofit Hawaii Housing Development Corporation. The rental units are targeted towards families with incomes from 30 percent to 60 percent of Honolulu County’s median income. In exchange for federal and state financing and tax credits, rents will remain affordable for over 60 years.
The Utu'utuvanus have been residents at Hale Wai Vista for 7 months since the case manager applied on their behalf.
“It’s our home now that we don’t have to worry about finding another place,” Sita says. “It’s very convenient and everyone helps each other out–it’s very community oriented.
Sita and Paulo are already feeling right at home.
“We’re the second tenants to move in,” she says, “so we’re the old-timers here.”
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