Grant to help single mother build her home in Kahoma

Habitat for Humanity Maui has received a $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to build an affordable home in Lahaina, the Maui County nonprofit housing organization said Monday.

The grant will be used for a new three-bedroom, two-bath home in the Kahoma Residential Subdivision being built by a Native Hawaiian single mother who was born and raised on Maui.

The woman was never able to afford to rent more than a two-bedroom apartment for her four children and herself because of “the extraordinarily high cost of living in Hawaii,” Habitat said in its news release. The family even experienced homelessness on two occasions.

“Thanks in part to the Wells Fargo Builds program, she will finally have a brand new home that she owns herself — in the town she grew up in,” Habitat said.

The grant was part of $8.1 million donated to Habitat for Humanity International by the Wells Fargo Foundation for building, renovating and repairing more than 350 affordable homes across the U.S., the news release said. The foundation’s $1 billion commitment is to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Habitat for Humanity to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Tom McCarthy, senior vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors in Honolulu. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life, and together we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.”

“We are so appreciative that the Wells Fargo Foundation chose to support our Maui community,” said Max Tornai, development director at Habitat for Humanity Maui.

Habitat Maui, which became an official affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1997, has completed 127 homes on Maui and Lanai that house 500 people.

The organization serves individuals and families earning between 25 percent and 80 percent of median income ($97,500 per family) in Maui County.


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