The Original Affordability Crisis: Addressing the Housing Needs of Poor Families in Hawai‘i

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

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The media in Hawai`i has recently focused its attention on the burden of rising housing costs for working and middle-income families in the state. While this problem is real and getting worse, there are also distinct and persistent housing challenges facing very poor families. The panel will examine this “original” affordability crisis by discussing the scope of housing needs for low-income households, as well as the targeted policy and planning approaches required to expand access to affordable rental housing.  The panel includes: Philip Garboden, Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corp. Assistant Professor of Affordable Housing in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa; Claudia Shay, Executive Director of Self-Help Housing Corp.; and Hakim Ouansafi, Director of the State of Hawai`i Public Housing Authority.  The moderator of the panel is Assistant Professor Jennifer Darrah-Okike of the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.


Claudia Shay

Invited Speaker

Claudia Shay is the founder and the Executive Director of the Self-Help Housing Corporation of Hawaii, a non-profit agency which provides technical assistance to low income families to build their own houses through the team self-help housing method. Ms. Shay has a B.A. from the University of Florida, and ... Read More

Philip Garboden

Invited Speaker

Philip Garboden is the new HCRC Professor in Affordable Housing at the University of Hawaii. He is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the UH Economic Research Organization. His work examines domestic housing policy with a particular focus on how supply-side actors respond to ... Read More

Kevin Auger

Kevin Auger is a seasoned international real estate professional with over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate development, capital markets, structured finance, lending and deal-making. He relocated to Honolulu in 2012 after serving 15 years in senior executive positions in Asia including the Wells Fargo Corporation in Hong ... Read More

Jennifer Darrah-Okike

Invited Speaker

Jennifer Darrah-Okike is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  She conducts research in the areas of urban sociology, urban development, race/ethnicity, and inequality.  She has studied community mobilization against urban development, as well as linkages between local identities and land politics, in Hawai ... Read More

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