Lokelani ‘Ohana receives $400,000 from housing fund

Lokelani ‘Ohana, a nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities, was granted $400,000 from the Maui County Affordable Housing Fund.

“There is a housing crisis for people with developmental disabilities and Lokelani ‘Ohana is working to meet the need,” said Lokelani ‘Ohana President and Executive Director Christina Chang. “This county grant along with our USDA/rural development loan will allow us to house four-five more people with developmental disabilities and all the necessary staff to care for them.

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She thanked Kris Kristofferson, who kicked off the Lokelani ‘Ohana Capital Campaign in 2011, when he donated all proceeds from his benefit concert “to housing for people with special needs.”

Chang also lauded Vanessa Medeiros, who contributed her expertise in grant writing, and other individuals and foundations, who helped meet Maui County’s $100,000 matching fund requirement for Lokelani ‘Ohana to receive the $400,000.

The program assists people with special needs by running programs in housing, gardening and the arts.

“Adults with developmental disabilities should be able to live in safe, affordable, accessible housing in their community,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “This grant will help ensure that a broad range of services and options are available when people are ready to transition from one living arrangement to the next.”