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Maui County should solve affordable housing shortage

February 13, 2014
Stan Franco - 214-3575 | Ha‘iku, Maui , Maui Weekly

I was very interested in Pete Jalbert's comments ("Affordable Housing Inventory Shrinks & Prices Rise," Feb. 6) that the purchase of affordable homes or renting an affordable apartment are rapidly becoming unaffordable.

Maui is a beautiful place to live if one has the financial resources to have a place to call home. According to Mr. Jalbert, builders are reluctant to build affordable units because of low profitablity.

To me, this is a Maui County mega-problem that no one seems ready to tackle with a large-scale solution.

I have suggested for the longest time for Maui County to buy land and hire a contractor to build homes or apartments tied to the wages people earn. We buy land for parks, conservation, etc., so why not buy land so that Maui's people can have a home?

Stan Franco

214-3575 | Ha'iku, Maui



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