Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity dedicates first six homes in phase II of `Ele`ele Iluna Subdivision

Friday, May 27, 2016 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Six very deserving families will welcome government officials, community leaders, volunteers and donors at a house dedication ceremony to celebrate the completions of their homes in phase II of the Kaua‘i Habitat ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision.

Representative Dee Morikawa will be the keynote speaker of the event as a supporter of affordable housing and community outreach.

The new homeowners having their homes dedicated will be Marti Smith, Nick Wehrly, Jeremy and Rebekah Albano, Cory Carveiro and Kawehi Harris, Frank and Shanna Cruz and Nalani (Lefty) Kanahele. These families have each dedicated more than 550 volunteer hours to the building of their homes in order to keep costs of the homes down.

‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision will provide a total of 107 affordable homes to income qualifying families of Kaua‘i. Currently, Kaua‘i Habitat is the only Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the islands combatting the affordable housing crisis through subdivision development.

“Of all the work we could be doing”, stated Kaua‘i Habitat Executive Director Stephen Spears, “this project will help the most people in the least amount of time.”

About Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity
Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical, nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world – one house at a time on Kaua‘i – and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer and homeowner labor, and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses. The affiliate is also a proud partner agency of Kauai United Way.

Kaua‘i Habitat features two main home building programs: New Home Construction Program and Repair and Renovation Program. Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity also operates ReStore®, which sells new and used discounted building and construction materials and household items. Proceeds from ReStore® support Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build decent, affordable housing.

Since 1992, Kaua‘i Habitat has built 117 affordable homes and made critical repairs to 28 existing homes for Kaua‘i families whose household income is between 30-80% of the median Kaua`i income. Because the critical need for affordable housing continues to persist on our island, Kaua`i Habitat has pledged to scale up our capacity and build our next 100 homes before the next decade.

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.kauaihabitat.org, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kauaihabitat) or Twitter (@kauaihabitat).


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