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Council leaders rethink sale of housing

Improved city management of rentals could be an option, Martin and Kobayashi say

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2014

~~<p>Honolulu City Council leaders say they now want to seriously consider scrapping plans to sell off the city's rental housing stock and instead resurrecting a full-fledged housing department that would oversee buildings and programs that assist the homeless and others who need affordable housing.</p>
<p>Council Chairman Ernie Martin and Budget Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi made the remarks at Wednesday's Council meeting. At the time, they were discussing reasons why Council leadership decided to hold up final votes on measures giving the Caldwell administration the go-ahead to move forward with a new request for proposals for the purchase of long-term leases for up to 12 affordable rental housing properties.</p>
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Honolulu City Council leaders say they now want to seriously consider scrapping plans to sell off the city's rental housing stock and instead resurrecting a full-fledged housing department that would oversee buildings and programs that assist the homeless and others who need affordable housing.

Council Chairman Ernie Martin and Budget Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi made the remarks at Wednesday's Council meeting. At the time, they were discussing reasons why Council leadership decided to hold up final votes on measures giving the Caldwell administration the go-ahead to move forward with a new request for proposals for the purchase of long-term leases for up to 12 affordable rental housing properties. Login for more...



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