The Need for Affordable Housing in Hawai‘i

  • About 17% of Hawai‘i residents live in poverty, the 7th highest poverty rate in the nation [1]
  • As a state, Hawai‘i has the costliest housing market in the nation [2]; it also has the third lowest rate of homeownership [3]
  • About 52% of Hawai‘i’s homeless families include one or more adults who are working full- or part-time, but don’t earn enough to find permanent shelter [4]
  • Each year, an estimated 14,000 people experience homelessness in Hawai‘i, and this number continues to climb. [5]
  • About one-third of Hawai‘i’s homeless are Native Hawaiian [6]
  • An estimate 7,500 affordable ownership units and 60,000 rental units will be needed by 2015 to meet the housing demands for households earning less than 80% of the area median income which is currently $80,400 for a family of 4. [7]

[1] Vorsino, M. (2012, November 15). Poorer Than We Thought. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://hano-hawaii.org/newhano/news/237-hawaii-poverty-rate-recalculated-to-be-7th-highest-in-us

[2] Kim, S. (2012, November 28) 10 Most Expensive and Most Affordable Housing Markets by State. ABC News. Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://abcnews.go.com/Business/10-expensive-10-affordable-housing-markets/story?id=17826391#.UV30z79QlO8

[3] Sauter, M.B., Stockdale C.B., McIntyre, D.A. (2011, October 12). States with the Highest (and Lowest) Homeownership. NBC News. Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44822131/#.UV32C79QlO8

[4] Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. (2012, February). Addressing Homelessness: New Approaches to Affordable Housing in Hawaii. Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://hiappleseed.org/sites/default/files/Affordable%20Housing%20Alternatives%20FINAL.pdf

[5] Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness. (2008, September [Revised]). Plan to End Homelessness in Hawaii. Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://www.hawaiihomeless.org/Home_files/10%20year%20Plan-HI%20rev%200908.pdf

[6] Eagle, N. (2012, June 8). A Fresh Start on Fighting Homelessness in Hawaii. Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/06/08/16032-a-fresh-start-on-fighting-homelessness-in-hawaii/

[7] SMS Research & Marketing Services, Inc. (2011, November). Hawaii Housing Planning Study 2011. (Prepared for the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation.) Retrieved on April 1, 2013, from http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/hhfdc/resources/HHPS2011%20study.pdf

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