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Hawaii nonprofit works to restore housing units for elderly

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii nonprofit organization says it's moving forward with plans to renovate housing units for low-income elderly residents, despite higher-than-expected cost projections.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that HOPE Services Hawaii is looking to renovate 11 units in Pahoa on the Big Island. The group's CEO, Brandee Menino, says cost estimates were as high as $950,000 earlier this year, nearly double the project's original budget.

HOPE Services has raised about $400,000 for the effort so far, and will put the project back out to bid this month.

Menino says the units have been gutted and are in need of costly underground work, but the agency still prefers to renovate them rather than build new ones, which would be less expensive.

She says they are exploring all options.

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