Roy Katsuda, executive director of Hale Mahaolu presented Nā Hale O Maui with a donation of $500 to assist the organization with its mission of building housing that remains affordable in perpetuity.
Hale Mahaolu Executive Director Donates $500 to Nā Hale O Maui.
The announcement was made this morning by Cassandra Abdul, Nā Hale O Maui’s executive director.
Katsuda, who is stepping down from the helm of Hale Mahaolu after 35 years, said, “Nā Hale O Maui is doing important work to address the crisis in affordable housing on Maui.”
“The problem is huge, said Katsuda, ”but every thing we do to attack the problem helps to a degree and it is important to recognize organizations like Nā Hale O Maui that have placed families in permanently affordable homes and that continue to seek new and innovative solutions to our challenges.”
“This small donation is our way of recognizing that effort and saying thank you at the same time,” he added.
Abdul thanked Katsuda for the donation and the recognition of Nā Hale O Maui. “Roy Katsuda well may have produced more affordable housing than anyone else on Maui and it is an honor to be recognized by him and his organization.” We wish him a great retirement,” Abdul said in accepting the check.
Nā Hale O Maui was founded in 2006. Its mission is to secure and preserve a permanent supply of affordable housing alternatives for low and moderate- income households in Maui County. Nā Hale O Maui homes never go to market price and are affordable in perpetuity.
Nā Hale O Maui Delivers 34th Permanently Affordable Home
November 7, 2018, 9:27 AM HST • Updated November 8, 1:04 PM
Carolyn DeMott (standing left) and her son, River are handed the keys and welcome packet for her permanently affordable Nā Hale O Maui home in Kihei. With her from left to right are Nā Hale O Maui ‘s Dave Ward, President, Cassandra Abdul, Executive Director and Natalie Fitzgerald, Housing Coordinator.
Nā Hale O Maui celebrated the sale of its 34th permanently affordable home.
This marks the second sale of the home in Kīhei, which was repurchased by NHOM from the first homeowner, who received a portion of the shared appreciation, while keeping the home affordable for the new homeowner.
Carolyn DeMott struggled for years to find an affordable home for herself and her 7-year old son, River.
“I began looking when he was born,” she said. “I am very excited. I feel incredible overwhelming gratitude. I have a renewed faith in humanity. I can’t believe it.”
“Nā Hale O Maui is people in the community helping people in the community be able to have a home and a place to feel proud and have some roots and have a future. And as a teacher I know it is something most of my colleagues can have. I am a teacher and I have been teaching on Maui for 12 years, mostly science and math,” said DeMott.
For more information on Nā Hale O Maui visit their website at Nahaleomaui.org.