Many Oahu families one step closer to affordable housingUPDATED 6:05 PM HST May 11, 2013Video Transcript
effort to provide affordable housing. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports... It's the opportunity some have been waiting for, for nearly a decade. Steve Palsis had been waiting in line at the Housing Authority office since 7am this morning. Just a fraction of time compared to how long he's been waiting for low rent housing. 2:42 WE'VE BEEN APPLYING FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS. 2:45 He and his family are among the 380 applicants out of 10-thousand to make it through the initial screening. 3:28 IT WAS SO FRUSTRATING. BUT IT'S WORKED OUT GOOD. 3:32 Those in line today -- are those who need housing the most. They're either homeless, victims of domestic violence or being involuntarily displaced. 9:05 WE START WITH THOSE BECAUSE THEY'RE ALREADY ON THE STREET AND WE'RE TRYING TO GET THEM SOME SAFETY, SOME SANITARY. 9:12 Richard Iosis got his eligibility letter last week. 5:22 OH THAT MAKE ME REALLY HAPPY. IT'S BEEN LONG TIME WE'VE BEEN WAITING ON THAT WAITLIST. 5:28 He and his family moved from the Marshall Islands so his wife could get medical treatment for a thyroid condition. They've been living in shelters in Kapolei and Maili for the last 3 1/2 years. 116:12 the STATE SAYS IT'S BEEN ABLE TO IMPROVE IT'S SYSTEM AND IT'S NOW ABLE TO REBURBISH UNITS MUCH FASTER THAN BEFORE. WHAT USED TO TAKE 160 DAYS NOW ONLY TAKES 12 DAYS MAKING MORE UNITS AVAILABLE AND GIVING MORE FOLKS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. 16:24 But with only 65-hundred units available, inventory is limited. The Housing Authority has 70-million dollars from the state to spend on renovating units. Another 200 units will be available within the next 90 days... With an additional 300 units ready by the end of the year. 10:48 WE JUST CONTINUE ON GETTING A SMALL CHUNK AT A TIME UNTIL WE HOPEFULLY WE SEE THE TUNNEL. WE DON'T SEE THE LIGHT YET BUT WE CAN AT LEAST BUILD THE TUNNEL. 10:56 15:33 OK EXCELLENT. THANK YOU. 15:35 Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News. Oahu Water Woes.