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Kauaʻi residents urged to participate in survey for 2023 Hawaiʻi Housing Planning Study

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Kealaula on Pua Loke is a long-term rental housing project for families transitioning out of homelessness.

The County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency urges residents to participate in a telephone and email survey conducted by SMS Research as part of the 2023 Hawai‘i Housing Planning Study.

Surveying is underway and expected to continue through May. It is necessary to gather data on housing supply and demand.

“Collecting accurate information about the housing situation on Kaua’i is critically important to assist both the County and State in shaping housing policy and directing available funding where it is most needed,” said Adam P. Roversi, Housing Director for the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency.

Tim Carson, President and CEO of SMS Research, understands that those contacted may be concerned about possible scams but ensures residents that the SMS housing survey will not ask for nor seek personal information.

The 2023 Hawaii Housing Planning Study will identify current housing conditions; present demographic and economic characteristics of Hawaiʻi’s households; measure housing needs and preferences; provide updated information on the overall housing inventory; and summarize rental housing data.

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The survey is led by Hawaiʻi Housing Finance and Development Corporation, a consortium of state and county housing agencies. The consortium includes the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; the Hawaii Public Housing Authority; the Department of Human Services; the City and County of Honolulu Department of Community Services; the County of Hawaii Office of Housing and Community Development; the County of Kauai Housing Agency; and the County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns.

Denise Iseri-Matsubara, executive director of the consoritum, said that tackling the state’s housing shortage is a top priority for Gov. Josh Green.

“The information gathered will be very valuable, so please respond if contacted,” she said.

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For more information on Kauaʻi, contact Housing Development Coordinator Steve Franco at 808-241-4419 or sfranco@kauai.gov.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service, or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Steve at the number and email above as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.

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