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Habitat for Humanity completes housing project in Lahaina

Habitat for Humanity Maui’s 10-home Kahoma Residential Subdivision in Lahaina is pictured on Feb. 23. JOSH JEPPESEN photo

The Maui News

The final three families who will live in the Kahoma Residential Subdivision received keys to their new homes as Habitat for Humanity Maui wrapped up its affordable housing project in Lahaina.

The project features 10 single-family homes ranging in size from 850 to 1,200 square feet, according to a news release from the nonprofit on Wednesday.

“Owning a home and to be able to build and teach our children as we grow together is a blessing and life lesson in itself,” said new resident Shannon Ii. “It is a place of gathering where we will spend the most important times in our lives. This would not have been possible without the kokua and hand up of Habitat Maui.”

Two families closed on their homes March 5, while the last family closed on March 31, Community Relations Director Yvonne McClean said Thursday.

Families selected for Habitat Maui’s Homeownership Program fall within 25 to 80 percent of the Maui County area median income and demonstrate a critical need for safe and affordable housing.

Led by Habitat for Humanity Maui Project Manager Justin Dudoit, the project brought in more than 600 volunteers who contributed more than 13,000 volunteer hours.

“This project would not have been successful without the continuous help of our volunteers,” McClean said in the news release. “We had volunteers from all over the country and many were from our local community. Everyone coming together helped to change the lives of 10 families and made the dream of homeownership a reality. This is exactly what building a sense of community is about.”

The completion of the development was celebrated virtually with the new homeowners and livestreamed on March 5 at www.facebook.com/HabitatforHumanityMaui.

Habitat for Humanity Maui’s current and upcoming projects include critical repairs and retrofits for struggling homeowners, new construction home builds for Hawaiian Home Lands lessees and a new development of 25 single-family homes in Hana.

To learn more about the nonprofit, visit www.habitat-maui.org.

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