County asks residents to participate in survey

Maui County residents are being asked to participate in the Hawaii Housing Planning Study being conducted by SMS Research, a consulting company.

The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns is joining with the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corp., the lead agency in coordinating the study conducted every few years.

Residents may be contacted by phone, and caller IDs should indicate that the caller is from SMS Research.

“We would appreciate the cooperation of Maui County residents with this survey,” said Lori Tsuhako, director of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns. “The data gathered is a valuable tool as we work toward Mayor Michael Victorino’s goal of developing more attainable housing.”

Survey results will be used to evaluate current housing programs and conditions and project future demand. Study goals include gathering and analyzing data on demographic and economic characteristics of Hawaii households, the supply of housing in the short run (two to five years) and the long run (five to 20 years); and breaking down data by specific geographic areas, income groups and Native Hawaiian status.

The effort will derive a statewide and county housing inventory, including government-assisted units and military housing.

Other study participants include the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, the Homeless Programs Office of the Department of Human Services, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, City and County of Honolulu Department of Community Services, Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development and the Kauai County Housing Agency.

Study participants pay a portion of the costs.