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Enforce UH rules on faculty housing


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 08, 2014

~~<p>The University of Hawaii's faculty housing program has ventured so far afield from its mission of providing short-term lodging for professors new to the islands that the overdue refocus on that goal is sure to be financially painful for long-time tenants who have benefited from the Board of Regents' lax enforcement of its own policies. Some of the tenants have grown so dependent on the taxpayer-subsidized, below-market rent in desirable Honolulu neighborhoods that they feel entitled to a perk that eludes the vast majority of their university colleagues &mdash; not to mention public employees in general or the everyday working resident.</p>
<p>So the regents' decision to enforce time limits on rental leases for the first time in two decades has ignited an outcry among some of the 160 university employees expected to vacate subsidized housing with their families in the coming months. We sympathize with individual stories of house-hunting hardship, because there's no doubt that decent, affordable homes are scarce on Oahu, to rent or to buy. Still, many UH employees have dwelled too long in units envisioned as transitional housing, making the BOR's belated move not only necessary, but in the best interests of the university and of the broader community it serves.</p>
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The University of Hawaii's faculty housing program has ventured so far afield from its mission of providing short-term lodging for professors new to the islands that the overdue refocus on that goal is sure to be financially painful for long-time tenants who have benefited from the Board of Regents' lax enforcement of its own policies. Some of the tenants have grown so dependent on the taxpayer-subsidized, below-market rent in desirable Honolulu neighborhoods that they feel entitled to a perk that eludes the vast majority of their university colleagues — not to mention public employees in general or the everyday working resident.

So the regents' decision to enforce time limits on rental leases for the first time in two decades has ignited an outcry among some of the 160 university employees expected to vacate subsidized housing with their families in the coming months. We sympathize with individual stories of house-hunting hardship, because there's no doubt that decent, affordable homes are scarce on Oahu, to rent or to buy. Still, many UH employees have dwelled too long in units envisioned as transitional housing, making the BOR's belated move not only necessary, but in the best interests of the university and of the broader community it serves. Login for more...



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