Affordable rentals in Iwilei now accepting applications

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Senior Residence at Iwilei, a public-private partnership between the state's Hawai'i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), the City and County of Honolulu and the Pacific Housing Assistance Corporation, is now accepting applications for the 160-unit affordable senior rental located at 888 Iwilei Rd.

"Hawaii's seniors want to live in their communities, and they deserve to do so with dignity," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who broke ground for the project in April 2012. "Through projects like the Senior Residence at Iwilei, the State of Hawaii is partnering with the city and the private sector to take a proactive role in providing affordable rental housing options for our seniors.

The project also furthers Iwilei's transformation from an industrial area to a mixed-use community, and brings HHFDC closer to its goal of facilitating the creation and preservation of more than 5,000 workforce and affordable housing units over the next five years."

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or qualifying non-citizen, cannot own a majority interest in residential properties, and be 62 or older, with incomes at 50 and 60 percent or below the area median income, which for a single person are $34,000 and $41,060. Rents will range from $800 for a one-bedroom unit to $1,180 for a two-bedroom unit.

Applications are available at 1330 S. Beretania St, Suite 200, between 8 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requests for applications are available at Contact Management Specialists Company at (808) 943-9318, ext. 126 for other questions.

In the event that more than 159 qualified applications are received, a lottery will be held for unit selection. Applications will be accepted until all units are filled, after which a wait list will be established. Estimated occupancy date is March 2014.

The Senior Residence is designed to provide an aging-in-place lifestyle that will promote positive, productive and healthy aging. This will be made possible through an on-site service coordinator to provide assessment and referrals to assist interested tenants in accessing services, including in-home support, day care, transportation, financial aid, health care, legal assistance and advocacy and other basic needs services. These services will allow senior residents to remain in their homes as they age, delaying the need for long-term facilities.

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