High Cost of Living and Insufficient Affordable Inventory Prices Our Residents Out of the Housing Market

Due to insufficient affordable inventory, home prices will increase due to market demand. We have lost our way with cost of living driving the rental housing demand by tourists rather than by residents who live, work and raise keiki here.  I support transit-oriented development using city and state land for affordable housing.  I do not support illegal TVUs and B&Bs or other commercial use of residential zoned property for personal profiteering.

In an effort to bolster our affordable inventory, the city should consider waiving city permit fees and sewage hook-up fees for builders of low income and affordable housing and analyze policies on Frozen rentals (rent control districts) which are common practice in New York City and Berkeley.  I am open to exploring these types of solutions to support our long-term affordable housing needs.

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