Native Hawaiian Housing Caucus Highlights Affordable Housing Strategies
At the Caucus: Michelle Kauhane (left), President and CEO, and Kehau Meyer (right), Program Manager, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, with Jeff Gilbreath, Executive Director of Hawaii Community Lending, and Suzanne Anarde, Program Vice President at Rural LISC.
Local, regional, and national organizations met to highlight nonprofit development and services as key affordable housing strategies at this year's Native Hawaiian Housing Caucus October 11 in Honolulu. The Caucus was facilitated by Rural LISC partner organization, Hawaiian Community Assets, and is part of the 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention hosted by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). The Caucus convenes annually with the goal of identifying local, state, and federal policy priorities to address Native Hawaiian housing needs.
This year, Rural LISC Program Vice President, Suzanne Anarde, joined experts in the field to discuss tools, resources, and programs that are effectively moving low- and moderate-income families into affordable housing both in Hawaii and across the United States.
Suzanne Anarde moderated a panel featuring leaders from the two Native Hawaiian-controlled CDFIs who presented their development services and product offerings, including the impact of their combined $5 million in annual lending in Native Hawaiian communities and opportunities for public and private investments.
“CDFIs are experts at providing patient capital to underserved communities, helping spur local economic activity,” Suzanne commented. “They are successful because their lending is relationship based, and doesn’t have the same constraints as banks or credit unions. As strong, financially sound organizations that, as a whole, are managing hundreds of billions of dollars in investments, CDFIs are proving all across America that community lending plays a key role in building and strengthening communities."
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