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Schatz Secures $8.5 Million Earmark For Affordable Housing, New Community Center On Kaua‘i

Funding Bill Passes Senate, Set To Become Law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) secured $8.5 million in congressionally directed spending, also known as an earmark, in this year’s appropriations bill. The new earmark funding will be used to construct a community center and help build senior housing for the Lima Ola Community, an affordable housing development that will house more than 500 families.

“This $8 million earmark will go directly to Kaua‘i to help build a community center and affordable housing for seniors. That means more safe and affordable homes for people on Kaua‘i and a new place where neighbors can gather together as a community,” said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Development.

“On behalf of the people of Kaua‘i, we extend a heartfelt mahalo to Sen. Schatz and our congressional team for securing this funding. This money will not only help to build affordable housing for our local families but provide an opportunity for the future residents of Lima Ola to gather as a community,” said Kaua‘i Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami.

The Lima Ola Workforce Housing Development in ‘Ele‘ele, Kaua‘i will consist of new affordable housing units comprised of both single-family and multi-family homes. The new federal funding secured by Schatz will help build an estimated 40 units.

The bill passed the Senate today and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.