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Keep stock of Chinatown units for those at lowest level

By Rev. Bob Nakata

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 07, 2014

~~<p>The leasehold sale of Honolulu's affordable rental projects has come down to a struggle between those who want to not only save those residents in the 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and below from displacement into homelessness but also to preserve the units they occupy in perpetuity for that income category, and those who believe that preserving all those units will turn Chinatown into an economic ghetto.</p>
<p>Those of us who feel they should be preserved in perpetuity feel that this population of office workers, cashiers, small business owners, government workers, retirees and the disabled should not be equated with the homeless. They constitute much of the workforce of Chinatown.</p>
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The leasehold sale of Honolulu's affordable rental projects has come down to a struggle between those who want to not only save those residents in the 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and below from displacement into homelessness but also to preserve the units they occupy in perpetuity for that income category, and those who believe that preserving all those units will turn Chinatown into an economic ghetto.

Those of us who feel they should be preserved in perpetuity feel that this population of office workers, cashiers, small business owners, government workers, retirees and the disabled should not be equated with the homeless. They constitute much of the workforce of Chinatown. Login for more...



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