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Maui Landlord Summit aims to open doors to those in need of affordable housing

Construction on the Na Hale O Maui affordable Kama Street Waikapu home continues with the goal of a December completion date. The home is expected to sell for $ 250,000 below the market price of $600,000+ and remain affordable in perpetuity and never go to the much higher market price.

The Realtors Association of Maui (RAM), in partnership with the County of Maui, the Governor’s Office and several social service providers, will co-host the second annual Maui Landlord Summit on Tuesday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului. Current and future landlords and property managers are invited to attend this free event to learn how they can help reduce homelessness on Maui by making more rental dwellings available to those who need housing the most.

Finding safe and affordable housing is a significant hurdle for many low-income or homeless individuals and families. While they may be approved for a subsidized housing program through a local nonprofit agency or have a Section 8 voucher, many face the difficulty of finding a landlord who will approve their rental application.

The Maui Landlord Summit was designed to bring landlords into the same room as the agencies that provide financial support and other services to housing-challenged residents. The summit also aims to demystify and destigmatize Maui County’s Section 8 Program and other support services, while educating property owners and property managers about the social service programs and services available to them. Among other things, the Maui Landlord Summit will feature discussions on a variety of landlord-specific issues and a panel discussion featuring speakers from various agencies.

“Maui has a severe housing shortage, and as leaders on housing issues, the Realtors Association of Maui feels it is our duty to raise awareness, educate others and help find solutions,” said RAM Government Affairs Director Lawrence Carnicelli. “Housing is difficult for many Maui families. By working with landlords and the multitude of agencies gathering at the Maui Landlord Summit, we hope to help some of these families find a light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Maui Landlord Summit is underwritten by a grant from RAM and the National Association of Realtors. Agencies participating in this year’s event include RAM, the Governor’s Office, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Maui County’s Section 8 Program, Department of Veteran Affairs, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Family Life Center, Women Helping Women, Catholic Charities, Mental Health Kokua, Maui Economic Opportunity and Steadfast Housing.

“This may be only one step, but we, as an organization, are trying to do everything we can,” Carnicelli said. “Maui is a small community—and one big ohana.”

All property owners or representatives of property owners are encouraged to attend. Advanced registration is required and the deadline to register is Monday, July 3. Lunch is included in the event. To register, call 270-7805 or email [email protected].

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