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Affordable Housing for Families


Housing for families became a priority for the Foundation in the mid-90s because our benefactor, Helga, felt that families needed stable homes in which to raise their children. She also felt that homes should be designed and built to provide a level of comfort so that a family could take pride in their home. Hau‘oli Mau Loa Village was the first housing project undertaken by the Foundation and it was started during Helga's life. In 2022, the Foundation completed a second housing project, Puʻuʻalalā Village.

After completion of both self-help housing projects and time reflecting on our work under housing, the Foundation committed to continued support of affordable housing for families in Hawai‘i through the following strategies:


    Support for pre-acquisition and pre-development loan funds for affordable housing developers in Hawaiʻi.


    Paid internships designed to recruit, train and retain housing development professionals in Hawaiʻi.


    Helping near ready families overcome the barriers to home ownership through supports such as home buyer education programs and assistance with down payment or closing costs.

Home Ownership


For a variety of reasons, home ownership is difficult for many families in Hawai‘i to achieve, especially families with limited financial resources. Because home ownership contributes to a variety of positive outcomes for families with children, the Foundation committed to helping families build and own a first home through two housing projects, beginning in the mid-90s. Hauʻoli Mau Loa Village in Waimea, Kauaʻi was completed in 2000 and Puʻuʻalalā Village in Pepeʻekeo, Hawaiʻi in 2022. The self-help model was used for both projects and has proven to be an effective way to construct homes and to develop an initial sense of community among the new homeowners.

With both self-help housing projects complete, the Foundation Board and Staff spent some time reflecting on the Foundation’s work in housing and how they might continue to support these efforts. To better understand the issues and opportunities surrounding this work, the Foundation engaged with Dr. Phillip Garboden, HCRC Professor in Affordable Housing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a team of graduate students to help identify potential strategies the Foundation might support to make progress towards their goal of affordable housing for families. Dr. Garboden and his team produced a report detailing their findings and recommendations.

Based on the report recommendations, the Foundation has renewed its commitment to affordable housing for families through three strategies: (1) providing funding to one or more CDFIs to support an acquisition and predevelopment loan fund for affordable housing developers; (2) providing additional support, such as home buyer education and counseling and down payment assistance to families who are near-ready to buy a home; and (3) helping to develop stronger pathways for Hawaiʻi’s local youth into nonprofit housing development careers through an internship program.


Working to ensure affordable housing opportunities for low income and rural households since 1976

*Funding relationship was completed in 2022
Providing housing for low-income families on Hawaiʻi Island

Financial education & counseling in Hawaiʻi

Capacity building program for six Community Development Financial Institutions in Hawaiʻi

Providing loans and lines of credit to affordable housing developers and nonprofit organizations in the State of Hawai‘i

Offers affordable financing options and additional opportunities to low to moderate income buyers pursuing home ownership

*Funding relationship was completed in 2013
Providing affordable housing for low and moderate-income families

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