Governor Neil Abercrombie this afternoon reviewed recent improvements made by the Hawai'i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) at Mayor Wright Homes. In March 2011, Governor Abercrombie expressed concern over security and safety at Mayor Wright Homes. In January 2012, HPHA Board of Directors appointed Hakim Ouansafi as Executive Director. Governor and Mr. Ouansafi have met periodically to discuss these concerns and a New Day vision for Public Housing.
"HPHA has invested in a number of significant site improvements at Mayor Wright Homes as part of our commitment to improving the safety and security of our residents, consistent with our Governor's New Day Plan,"said Mr. Ouansafi. "Today the Governor surveyed all the changes made thus far and was briefed on the additional changes and services that are planned to be introduced in the near future."
Changes include additional lighting, resident identification cards, new security services, fencing upgrades, traffic and visitor management, improved tenant and visitor parking areas. The estimated cost for these improvements is $700,000. HPHA staff and volunteers also worked weekends to do minor repair and maintenance work that included painting, cleaning and landscaping.
"These improvements have resulted in residents feeling a sense of security and safety that was missing at Mayor Wright Homes,"stated Governor Abercrombie. "Hakim, his staff, and volunteers have done a wonderful job in listening to the residents and making sure that a change for the better occurs, and I thank all of them for working overtime as a team to get things done."
"This is really about seeing the Governor's vision of making public housing a reality,"said Mr. Ouansafi.
The HPHA is the sole public housing agency for the State of Hawai'i, providing safe, decent, sanitary and temporary housing to low income families. The agency administers over 6,000 State and Federal public housing units on five islands, and over 1,800 rental assistance vouchers on O'ahu.
For more information about HPHA, please visit http://www.hcdch.hawaii.gov/.