November 2015 Advocacy Update

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Bill signed into law

Rental Application

On September 14, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Honolulu’s ADU bill, which will allow homeowners to build or convert part of their property into a rental unit of less than 800 square feet, if rented out for a minimum of six months. These small rental units will increase the stock of affordable rental housing on O‘ahu and provide rental income to owners.

Our partner, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, is preparing a manual and website to help homeowners through the process of building an ADU. They plan to launch the manual and website in about three months.

Landlord Summit

Landlord Summit

Landlords willing to rent to people who have been homeless are essential to eliminating homelessness in Hawaii. The Hawai‘i Association of Realtors will hold a Landlord Summit on November 17th to provide education on the support available to them and their prospective tenants when renting to those who have been homeless.

Click here for details about the upcoming Landlord Summit

Calling all landlords!

For Rent landlords

On a related note, you may have heard some recent radio spots about Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s programs that assist local residents and military veterans in finding permanent housing. But to make that happen, we need landlords willing to provide rentals for our clients to become potential tenants.

If you are a landlord or property manager willing to make a difference, contact the Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Help Line at 521-4357.