Housing summit set for landlords, rental managers

Focus aimed on renting to homeless, lower income people

The Maui News

Current and future landlords and property managers are invited to a free event next month to learn how they can help reduce homelessness in Maui County by making more rental dwellings available to people who need it most, according to a news release from the Realtors Association of Maui.

The third annual Maui County Landlord Summit is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 25 at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului. The event is sponsored by a partnership between the association, the County of Maui, Gov. David Ige’s office and the Maui Homeless Alliance.

The registration deadline is July 6. A buffet lunch is included in the event.

To register, call 270-7805.

Underwritten by the association, the summit is designed to bring landlords into the same room with government and nonprofit agencies that provide financial support and other services to housing-challenged residents, according to the news release.

Low income and homeless people may be approved for a subsidized housing program through a local nonprofit agency or have a Section 8 voucher, which provides federal assistance for housing. Many individuals and families, however, find it difficult to find a landlord willing to approve their rental application, the association said. The summit aims to demystify and destigmatize the county’s Section 8 Program and other housing support services, while educating property owners and managers about the social service programs and services available to them.

The summit also will feature discussions on a variety of landlord-specific issues and a panel discussion featuring speakers from various agencies.

“Maui has a severe housing shortage, and as leaders on housing issues, the Realtors Association of Maui feels it is our duty to raise awareness, educate others and help find solutions,” Government Affairs Director Lawrence Carnicelli said. “Housing is difficult for many Maui families,” he said. “By working with landlords and the multitude of agencies gathering at the Maui County Landlord Summit, we hope to help some of these families find a light at the end of the tunnel. This may be only one step, but we, as an organization, are trying to do everything we can.”

Sponsors of this years’ summit, who will participate in the event as well, include Mayor Alan Arakawa’s office, the county Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Legal Aid Society, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Family Life Center, Catholic Charities of Hawaii and Maui Economic Opportunity.

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