Housing Agency

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency

Mission Statement: To provide greater opportunities for affordable housing and to support community development for the residents of the County of Kauaʻi.



Announcements

PUBLIC NOTICE

KAUAʻI COUNTY HOUSING AGENCY

LEGAL PUBLIC NOTICE

DRAFT ANNUAL ACTION PLAN 2024

 

To all interested Agencies, Groups and Persons:

Notice is hereby given that the Kauaʻi County Housing Agency (KCHA) will hold a video teleconference and in-person hearing on the Consolidated Plan (CP) 2020-2025, fifth program year, draft Annual Action Plan (AAP) 2024 and proposed projects that have been recommended for anticipated funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Pursuant to 24 CFR 91.105, the public hearing is to provide information on the anticipated grant funds and afford citizens the opportunity to provide written or oral comments on the draft AAP 2024 and proposed projects.  The hearing will be held on:

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 9:00 am (In-person)

Moʻikeha Building – Moʻikeha Conference Room 2

4444 Rice Street, Līhu‘e, HI 96766

 

                                                        Wednesday, March 20, 2024 – 2:00 pm (Video Teleconference)

Registration and connectivity: anyone interested in attending the Microsoft Teams video teleconference, please be directed to KCHA’s Announcement page on the County of Kauaʻi website at https://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Housing-Agency to access the Video Teleconference link, Meeting ID and Passcode. You may also access the Video Teleconference via the following link https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_Y2UwNTZkODctZDQzNy00YzU3LTliNDktYjMzNzE4NDRkMWQ2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2282057022-1cb1-40a6-ada9-2fd512d13e37%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22db619324-cfa1-44a3-a7c8-af2f554535b6%22%7d using the following Meeting ID and Passcode-Meeting ID: 234 329 882 804   Passcode: kDSgfL

   PROPOSED CDBG PROJECTS:

         PUBLIC SERVICES

    a.     Keala Transportation: Providing Access to Keala Foundation Programs for Youth                                                          $ 107,918.00

            (Keala Foundation)

            Purchase two 15-passenger vehicles to facilitate youth participation in drug prevention and intervention programs

            supporting mental and physical health and offer reliable transportation for low-to-moderate-income families.

  

        PUBLIC FACILITIES

    c.      Mitigation of Service Interruption                                                                                                                               $350,337.00

            (YWCA Kauaʻi)                                                                                                                                                                           

            Purchase and install a photovoltaic system and battery backup to enhance resilience and ensure uninterrupted crisis

            and support services for victims of domestic violence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    d.     2024 Hale Hoʻomalu Family Center Critical Improvements Project                                                                                $339,942.00

            (CFS Real Property, Inc.)

            Make improvements to the family center to facilitate a more secure and safe environment for low- to moderate-income

            individuals and families.                                                                                                                                                              

 

ADMINISTRATION

    f.      Administration                                                                                                                                                                              $143,891.00

            (Kauaʻi County Housing Agency)

            General program administration, project implementation, compliance monitoring, evaluation, record-keeping and

            reporting.

   

            TOTAL ANTICIPATED CDBG FUNDING                                                                                                                   $942,088.00

KCHA anticipates receiving $719,457.00 in grant funds from HUD for PY 2024 CDBG annual allocation.  Additionally, KCHA has made available $222,631.00 in CDBG revolving loan funds.  KCHA will continue to administer the Home Purchase Program and Homebuyer Loan Program utilizing revolving loan funds dedicated to the programs.  Should there be an increase or decrease in the actual allocation amount, the lowest ranked project from each category will be adjusted accordingly. 

The public is advised that the County of Kauaʻi may exercise the option to incur pre-award costs for projects in its PY 2024 budget pursuant to 24 CFR 570.200(h) to assist with compliance of CDBG timeliness regulations.  Non-CDBG funds used for pre-award costs will be reimbursed upon receipt of PY 2024 CDBG funding from HUD.

To ensure the performance of the County of Kauaʻi’s CDBG Program in meeting CDBG timeliness regulations at 24 CFR 570.902, should any of the projects listed above not proceed as represented in the CDBG applications or should any CDBG funds become available from cancelled or completed projects, or by receipt of program income or revolving funds, such funds may be reprogrammed to any open Action Plan project in accordance with the requirements of the County’s Citizen Participation Plan and prior approval from HUD. The following alternate projects may be funded so long as the project is ready to proceed and will comply with CDBG regulatory requirements:

 

    a.     CCH Kauaʻi Support Service – Vehicle (alternate)                                                                                                      $ 76,045.00

            (Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi – Kauaʻi Community Office)

            Purchase a vehicle and cover maintenance costs to transport vulnerable population clients needing access to appointments and services.

 

    b.     WIN – Lima Ola Photovoltaic Project (alternate)                                                                                                        $512,000.00

            (Women in Need)

            Purchase and install a photovoltaic system to reduce tenant electricity costs at the new supportive housing project for houseless families.

The purpose of the 5-Year CP and AAP 2024 is to ensure that jurisdictions receiving federal assistance, plan for housing and related needs in a way that improves availability and affordability of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expands economic opportunities, principally for low- to moderate-income persons.

The draft AAP 2024 is available for review at: https://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Housing-Agency/Housing-Community-Development/Community-Development-Block-Grant-Program-CDBG.  Written comments may be submitted via email to kbarros@kauai.gov or via U.S. mail to: Kauaʻi County Housing Agency, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766.  The 30-day comment period will commence on February 28, 2024.  All comments received by March 29, 2024, will be considered in preparing the final AAP 2024.

Closed captioning services will be provided for the video teleconferencing hearing.  If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodations due to a disability, call 241-4444 or email housing@kauai.gov as soon as possible, preferably ten (10) days prior to the meeting date.  If a response is received after that, we will try to obtain the auxiliary aid/service or accommodation, but we cannot guarantee that the request will be fulfilled.  Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy. 

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                                   By order of the Mayor

                                   County of Kaua‘i

                               Derek S.K. Kawakami

                                           Mayor

                        Publish Date: February 27, 2024

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

February 26, 2024

Kauai County Housing Agency 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Kauai County Housing Agency.

 

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

On or about March 13, 2024, the County of Kauai will authorize the Kauai County Housing Agency to submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of funds for Project-Based Vouchers under Section 8(o)(13) of the Housing Act of 1937, (42 USC 1437f), as amended, to undertake a project known as Rice Street Apartments located at 3016 Umi Street, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766 for the purpose of funding the development of 66 mixed units for low-income households in Kauai County, Hawaii. The total funding for the project is estimated to be Forty-Four Million Fifty Thousand Five Hundred Thirty-Five Dollars ($44,050,535.00) plus twenty (20) years of fifteen (15) Project-Based Vouchers with an estimated value of Six Million Nine Hundred Seventy-Three Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty-Four Dollars ($6,973,734.00). The Rice Street Apartments project consists of three stories 1- and 2- bedroom residential apartments, which will feature 66 mixed units.

Accessible units will be made available to those with mobility and sensory impairments. The project includes income set asides at 60% of Area Median Income (“AMI” and below. With fifteen units approved for project-based vouchers, the project will expand its reach to families earning less than 30% AMI. Non-Residential improvements include laundry area, general storage area and community rooms. Goodwill Hawaii will provide supportive services for all residents.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The Kauai County Housing Agency has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Kauai County Housing Agency 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, Hawaii 96766 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M to 4 P.M or online at www.kauai.gov/housing.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Kauai County Housing Agency, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, Attention: Adam Roversi or by email at aroversi@kauai.gov. All comments received by March 12, 2024 will be considered by the Kauai County Housing Agency prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The Kauai County Housing Agency certifies to HUD that Derek S.K. Kawakami in his/her capacity as Mayor consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Kauai County Housing Agency to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the Kauai County Housing Agency’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Kauai County Housing Agency;

(b) the Kauai County Housing Agency has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Jesse Wu at U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public Housing, 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 2100, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816 or by email at Jesse.Wu@hud.gov . Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Derek S.K Kawakami, Mayor County of Kauai

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Comments for proposed affordable housing development in Puhi now accepted until February 21, 2024

LĪHU‘E – The County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency will continue to receive comments on the draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Kahua Ho’oulu Affordable Housing
Development Project located in Puhi. Comments will now be accepted until Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

This proposed housing development would include up to 60 multi-family affordable units as well as include a planned education center on County-owned land in Puhi. The proposed project seeks to accommodate a blend of affordable incomes.

The draft Environmental Assessment may be viewed here:    Draft Environmental Assessment Kahua Ho'oulu Affordable Housing Development(PDF, 47MB)

All persons who wish to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment may submit written comments to Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766, Attn: Koa Duncan or via email at rduncan@kauai.gov.  All comments received by February 21, 2024, will be considered.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Housing Agency announces Public Meeting for Proposed Affordable Housing Project

The County of Kaua‘i Housing Agency announces a public meeting to present the draft Environmental Assessment for the Kahua Ho’oulu Affordable Housing Development project.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center in Līhu‘e.

This proposed housing development would include up to 60 multi-family affordable units as well as include a planned educational center on County-owned land in Puhi. The proposed project seeks to accommodate a blend of affordable incomes.

The meeting is being held in order to present the proposed project and receive comments from the public in accordance with Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS), Chapter 343; Environmental Impact Statements, and associated Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR) Title 11, Chapter 200.1; Environmental Impact Statement Rules, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508) and 24 CFR Part 58; Environmental Review Procedures for Entities Assuming United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Environmental Responsibilities.

The draft Environmental Assessment may be reviewed here: 

 Draft Environmental Assessment Kahua Ho'oulu Affordable Housing Development(PDF, 47MB)

All interested persons who wish to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment may do so at the public meeting, or may submit written comments to Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766, Attn: Koa Duncan or via email at rduncan@kauai.gov.  Please send all comments by February 7, 2024.

If you need an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, or an interpreter for a language other than English, please contact Koa Duncan at 241-4444 or rduncan@kauai.gov before the meeting date.

 


The Housing Policy for the County of Kaua'i

The purpose of Ordinance No. 860 is to establish by law a housing policy in furtherance of the goals and objectives identified for the Kauaʻi County Housing Agency in Section 2-1.16 of the Kauaʻi County Code 1987. Ordinance No. 860 includes workforce housing requirements for residential and resort developments, and codifies procedures used to administer housing development programs. The Ordinance is effective June 10, 2008 as Ordinance No. 860(PDF, 165KB) .

Administrative Rules(PDF, 999KB) know as "The Administration of Chapter 7A, Kaua'i County Code, Pertaining to the Housing Policy for the County of Kaua'i" was adopted on July 21, 2015 for the purpose of implementing the goals and objectives of Chapter 7A, Kaua'i County Code 1987. Ordinance NO. 1081, Bill NO. 2774, Draft 5 Amending Ch. 7A COK Code 1987 Housing Policy Signed by Mayor Octoer 29, 2020(PDF, 7MB) .

2022 Income, Rental and For Sale Limits

Pursuant to Ordinance No. 860, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides the County with the Kaua'i median household income amount each year. In addition, HUD provides income limits, by household size, for extremely low income households that earn thirty percent (30%) of the median household income, very low income households that earn fifty percent (50%) of the median household income, households that earn sixty percent (60%) of the median household income, and low income households that earn eighty percent (80%) of the median household income. The Housing Agency provides Workforce Housing and Gap Group income limits utilizing the Kaua'i median household income and HUD's methodology.

2023 Kauai County Income Limits(PDF, 35KB)

2023 Rental Limits by Family Size(PDF, 20KB)

2023 Rental Limits by Bedroom Count(PDF, 16KB)

2023 Sale Limits by Family Size(PDF, 200KB)

2023 Sale Limits by Bedroom Count(PDF, 155KB)

2023 Sale Limits by Income-Bedroom Size(PDF, 176KB)


Department Head

photo of Adam Roversi

Adam Roversi

Director