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Volunteer for the "Candidates' Fair" - Bring the Family
President's Message (Dorothy Lum)
Predicting the Future (Mary George)
National Security Takes New Direction in International Relations (Dottie Gullicksen)
Honolulu Leaguers Work Toward Info/Cultural Exchange... (Frank Eldridge)
Council Studies "Affordable Housing" (Astrid Monson)
Report from the Hill
Comparable Pay Catching On
League Membership Update
League Goes to Liberty House "AmericanStyle"
People 'n Pix

Council Studies "Affordable Housing"

With the annual Development Plan review and budget process out of the way, the Council will soon turn its attention to "affordable housing." After years of debate, the Inclusionary Zoning bill did not pass. This bill would have required a minimal percentage of such housing in all new developments. Instead, the Council has decided to hire a consultant to make a comprehensive study of housing--its needs, what is and is not being built, present programs, new legislation, etc. The study is to take nine months.

The program is called H.O.M.E.(Housing Opportunities, Measures, and Evaluation). In April, League wrote Council Chair Mink expressing its doubt of the need for another housing study but making a series of suggestions as to the content, purpose, and organization of the study if it indeed decides to go ahead with it.

We were particularly concerned that the advisory committee (proposed to assist the consultant) include members "not only from the housing industry, but also individuals with knowledge and experience in the social, environmental, political, and consumer and general community concerns involved." We pointed out that "a number of community groups have members with valid professional experiences and qualifications in housing, land, planning, zoning, and related issues" and could "bring in points of view which might not otherwise receive consideration".

League's Planning and Zoning Committee recently prepared a study for the Consumers' Housing Task Force, estimating the distribution of island household incomes in 1983 and how these relate to their ability to afford a home.

The table below summarizes our findings:

With the average Oahu house selling at approximately $140,000 or more, it is clear why only about 15% of island families can afford to buy it. Even the few low-priced homes on the market are beyond the means of average families.

Astrid Monson

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