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Social Justice Group Recommends 'Ohana Houses'

The social justice group Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is releasing a report recommending the concept of "ohana houses" to help alleviate the state's shortage on affordable housing. Victor Geminiani, executive director of the nonprofit group that advocates for fair treatment of the state's low-income residents, said there will never be enough state or federal money to create more than 19,000 rental units for low-income households in the next two years to meet market demand, so officials and policymakers need to start getting creative. Ohana houses are small units created within existing homes or built on single-family lots. The Center calls ohana houses Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and claims they provide an immediate economic incentive for property owners to create more affordable rental housing at a minimal cost.

 

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