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City raising rents on affordable housing

  • “The city continues to operate affordable housing properties at a loss, and the modest rent increases will help to offset some of this cost.”

    Ross Sasamura (left)

    Director, city Department of Facility Maintenance


    Winston Hale tenant Lynne Ditchen, right, lives on her Social Security income and has no idea how she will pay for her $50 monthly increase. At left are residents Esperanza Dumacder, left, and Jimmy Suyet, who are also worried about the higher rent they will be facing.


    The city is raising rents on 10 low-income apartment buildings, including Winston Hale, where Roberto Reyes resides. Reyes is angry, saying nothing is done on the upkeep, pointing out the cabinet under the kitchen sink, which is falling apart.

In the first rent increases in years, the city on Feb. 1 will begin raising rates on 10 “affordable” residential properties across Oahu, including those for low-income senior citizens. Read more

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