The first step to ensuring a safe and prosperous Hawai‘i is to make housing easily accessible and obtainable. Under Governor Ige’s effective leadership, he has provided access to affordable and workforce housing through proactive and efficient planning.
Governor Ige and his administration secured the highest level of state funding ever -- $23.9 million for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) -- more than double the amount of previous administrations. This crucial funding was used to secure vacant lots for housing and subsistence agriculture for Native Hawaiian individuals and families and to ensure the development of self sufficient and healthy communities.
With an additional $180 million in private activity bonds set aside to develop more than 2,600 affordable rental units, this is more than double the amount dedicated in the past. And, the $150 million that was added to the Stateʻs affordable housing accounts managed by the Hawai‘i Finance and Development Corporation, further demonstrates Governor Igeʻs housing production as his top priority.
We are seeing substantial housing progress for the people of Hawai‘i, and this is just one example of Governor Igeʻs forging leadership and direct results. There are many other notable accomplishments during Governorʻs first term, but there is still so much more work to do.