For many, homeownership is an uphill (and at times, seemingly unwinnable) battle, as many prospective buyers are priced out of the single-family home market. That’s where community land trusts like Na Hale O Maui step in to help.
“Our motto is ‘changing lives, one home at a time,” said Realtors Association of Maui member and Na Hale O Maui executive director Cassandra Abdul. “And that’s what we do—we are making a difference in the lives of the people who qualify to live in these houses.”
Na Hale O Maui puts affordable homeownership within reach of Maui County residents by securing and preserving a permanent supply of affordable housing alternatives for low- and moderate-income households. The volunteer- and membership-based organization is Hawaii’s first community land trust (there are more than 250 in the United States) and has made the dream of homeownership come true for 53 families—and counting.